Vancouver, British Columbia, April 18, 2019—Investing in infrastructure that brings clean electricity to Canadian businesses, including those in remote and northern communities, helps create good middle-class jobs, a low-carbon economy and greener communities.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was joined by the Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, and Chris O’Riley, president and chief operating officer of BC Hydro, to announce federal funding for the Peace Region Electricity Supply (PRES) project.
Electricity demand in the South Peace Region is increasing due to natural gas exploration and development. To meet current and future demand, BC Hydro will expand the existing transmission infrastructure by building two parallel 230 kilovolt power lines between the future Site C Substation near Fort St John and the existing Groundbirch Substation, located about 30 kilometres east of Chetwynd.
Once complete, industries and businesses in the Peace Region will have access to a cleaner supply of energy to power their operations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 2.6 megatonnes per year.
The Government of Canada is providing up to $83.6 million for this project through the Investing in Canada Plan, while BC Hydro is providing the remaining $205.4 million.