Revelstoke Unit 6 Project

Aerial view of the Revelstoke Dam

What's new

We are pursuing regulatory approvals for Revelstoke Unit 6. We submitted an application to the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) in spring 2017. The EAO is reviewing the project under the B.C. Environmental Assessment Act.

We are planning to install the sixth generating unit into an empty bay at Revelstoke Generating Station by 2026. We are pursuing regulatory approvals now in case we need Revelstoke Unit 6 sooner.

Revelstoke Unit 6 will add approximately 500 megawatts of capacity to BC Hydro's system and provide a significant amount of electricity when our customers need it most – during dark cold winter days when furnaces, appliances and lights are all in use.

For BC Hydro's transmission system to accommodate the sixth generation unit at the Revelstoke Dam, the existing transmission system must be reinforced with a new series capacitor station. This station will maintain voltage levels in the transmission line, achieve greater system stability, and improve electrical system efficiency.

Revelstoke Dam and Generating Station are located on the Columbia River, 5 kilometers upstream from the City of Revelstoke. The facilities are part of BC Hydro's Columbia system with Revelstoke Reservoir and Mica Dam located upstream and the Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam and Arrow Lakes Reservoir downstream.

We are planning to build the new series capacitor station on BC Hydro property approximately 19 kilometres west of Summerland.

Construction of Unit 6 is expected to create over 400 person years of temporary employment and generate local spending of about $45 million for goods, materials and services.

Project workers will be hired through the Columbia Hydro Constructors agreement that has provisions for local and equity hire.

Activity Timing
Consultation and public engagement
November 2013 – ongoing
Planned completion   2026


The Revelstoke Unit 6 Project would not involve any significant change to Revelstoke Dam and construction activities would be within the existing facility's footprint.

The project is being reviewed by the provincial Environmental Assessment Office under the BC Environmental Assessment Act. The environmental review will assess the project's potential to affect:

  • Fisheries and wildlife
  • Archaeology
  • Traffic
  • Recreation
  • Health
  • Hydrology
  • Water quality
  • Community interests
  • Employment
  • First Nation interest
  • Local economy

We are consulting with First Nations and Tribal Councils, engaging with local governments, government agencies, not-for-profit groups, and community members regarding the Revelstoke Unit 6 Project. We convened a core committee that met from November 2013 until December 2016 to ensure a diverse range of perspectives were considered.

Reports & documents

Revelstoke Unit 6 fact sheet [PDF, 3.5 MB]

Capacitator station fact sheet [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Contact

Jen Walker-Larsen

Phone: 250 814 6645
Email: jennifer.walker-larsen@bchydro.com