When it was announced in April 2010 that the BC Government was reviving the Site C project, it marked the first major hydroelectric project approved in the province since the completion of the Revelstoke Dam in 1984 over 30 years ago.
That’s significant given our province's rich history in hydroelectric power generation.
I’ve put together a small series on hydroelectric production here in BC, featuring the past, present and future of hydroelectric dams in British Columbia.
To begin, I spent a few days last month up in northeastern BC, home of the Peace River and future home of the Site C dam. I visited with locals, talked to stakeholders on both sides, and was given a tour of the construction site and work camp.
This isn't the first time Northeastern BC has seen economic benefits thanks to investments by BC Hydro.
Join me next time as I explore the history of hydropower in BC going back over 50 years to a time when British Columbia was just beginning to emerge as a modern economy.