ILM: Why it's important

Nicola Valley

Supplying energy more efficiently

The current system that was built in the early 1970s, is reaching the limits of its capacity to carry electricity – particularly during the winter months when electricity use peaks.

The Interior to Lower Mainland (ILM) transmission line provides a greater supply of clean and reliable energy to the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, the most populated areas of the province where the population and economy are rapidly growing.

The new line is also more efficient, reducing the amount of electricity lost in the transmission system, providing enough energy to supply about 80,000 homes each year.

During its construction period, the ILM project created economic opportunities for local vendors and suppliers, while generating an estimated 1,300 person-years of employment.