On April 10, Northern Insights reported that Liberals will force BC Hydro to provide firm-power to private producers for export. Privates want a choice of selling to BC Hydro or contracting with their own customers. However, they cannot guarantee availability of their own power on a continuous basis and the market value of interruptible power is unsatisfactory. The ability to make up shortages by accessing electricity from BC Hydro solves a major problem for private companies.
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Now, despite claims that Site C’s 900-megawatt capacity is needed for domestic use, government intends to proceed so that it can facilitate power exports.
The first element of this policy is confirmed by the Globe and Mail’s Justine Hunter in Site C dam laying groundwork for surge in energy exports.
The publicly owned utility, BC Hydro, is expanding clean power purchases from independent power producers, but many of those projects, such as wind power or run-of-the-river, do not provide the reliable capacity that exporters want. By having a greater supply of so-called firm energy from large hydro-electric dams, the province will be in a stronger position to sell its power to other western provinces and the United States.