December 9th, 2013
FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro is pleased to see the start of the public hearing process for the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C).
“We look forward to the opportunity to explain the rationale for Site C, our detailed studies and mitigation measures, and the long-term benefits of the project for British Columbia,” said Charles Reid, President and CEO of BC Hydro. “The public hearing sessions will provide an opportunity for additional input by the public, communities, Aboriginal groups, stakeholders and governments.”
The public hearing process for Site C — which take place between December 9, 2013 and January 23, 2014 — is part of a cooperative federal-provincial environmental assessment process, currently in the Joint Review Panel stage.
As part of this process, BC Hydro filed its Site C Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in January 2013 and an amended EIS was submitted to the Joint Review Panel in August. The EIS describes the project rationale, potential effects and proposed measures to avoid or mitigate adverse effects. It also includes the benefits Site C would provide to customers, Aboriginal and northern communities and the province as a whole.
The conclusion of the substantial work undertaken in the EIS is that the effects of the project can largely be mitigated through careful project planning, comprehensive mitigation programs and ongoing monitoring during construction and operations. And while the project has the potential to result in some significant residual effects, BC Hydro believes that those effects are justified by the need for the Site C project, and the environmental, economic and social benefits it would provide.
Site C requires environmental certification and other regulatory permits and approvals before it can proceed to construction. In addition, the Crown has a duty to consult and, where appropriate, accommodate Aboriginal groups.
The Site C Clean Energy Project is a proposed third dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in northeast B.C. Site C would provide 1,100 megawatts (MW) of capacity, and produce about 5,100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity each year — enough energy to power the equivalent of about 450,000 homes per year in B.C.
With Site C, BC Hydro is planning now so that British Columbians will continue to benefit from clean, reliable and cost-effective electricity in the future. Subject to environmental certification, Site C would be a source of clean and renewable electricity for more than 100 years.
More information is available at: sitecproject.com.
BC Hydro has been providing clean, reliable power to British Columbians for more than 50 years while maintaining among the lowest rates in North America. BC Hydro is a provincial Crown corporation that serves 1.9 million customers and invests in the electrical system and in energy conservation to deliver a safe and reliable supply of electricity for today’s customers and for generations to come.
More information is available at: bchydro.com.
More information on the public hearing process for Site C is available at: www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=96012
For Site C media inquiries, please contact 604.786.5711