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British Columbia government to proceed with Site C hydropower project review

The government of British Columbia announced it is moving forward with the 900-MW Site C hydropower project on the Peace River.

The Site C Clean Energy Project will now advance to the regulatory review phase, which will include an independent environmental assessment. The regulatory review phase is expected to take about two years, and it is anticipated that Site C will be available for domestic electricity need by 2020. BC Hydro has considered, and shelved Site C several times.

“Hydroelectric power helped develop our province, and Site C will build on B.C.’s heritage of clean, renewable and affordable, power,” said Premier Gordon Campbell. “Site C will be a publicly owned heritage asset and will ensure that British Columbia has reliable sources of clean electricity, while contributing to our goal of electricity self-sufficiency.”

The project is expected to cost at least $6 billion and produce enough energy to power more than 400,000 homes. The Site C hydro project would involve construction of a power station near Fort St. John, British Columbia.

"The Province and BC Hydro are committed to providing lasting economic and social benefits for northern communities, First Nations and all of British Columbia," said Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. "Site C will also energize our potential as a clean energy powerhouse, encouraging new investment, industry and jobs."

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