As one of the largest infrastructure projects in Canada, the Site C Clean Energy Project gets a lot of attention, most recently at the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Victoria. Unfortunately, what sometimes gets lost in the discussion is why B.C. Hydro selected the project as its preferred resource for the future.
First and foremost, B.C. Hydro is building Site C to help meet long-term electricity needs in B.C. While the demand for electricity fluctuates year to year, over the next 20 years, demand is projected to increase by almost 40 per cent. This growth is being driven by economic expansion and a projected population increase of more than one million people — that’s more than the entire population of Vancouver Island.