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Could Site C’s power be headed north?

The batch plant area on the south bank of the Peace River Valley at Site C in November 2017. Photo by BC Hydro
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WHITEHORSE, Y.T. — The Yukon Territory’s electrical utility is once again exploring the option of tying into B.C.’s power grid after the Province approved proceeding with the Site C dam.

According to Yukon News, the territory’s minister responsible for the Yukon Development Corporation, Ranj Pillai, said he’s asked officials to “engage in some high-level due diligence on the concept.” Two years ago, a report found that building a 763-kilometre transmission line from Iskut through Watson Lake and into Whitehorse would cost $1.7 billion, which made it uneconomical for exporting or importing electricity. “It is less expensive to remain self-sufficient and build Yukon-based generation,” the report states.

Pillai said that companies in the Yukon and mines in the adjacent Northwest Territories do, however, see merit in the idea. “There’s a lot of interest but there’s a tremendous amount of research and information that has to be gathered,” he said.

Last year, the Yukon Energy Corporation released a plan for meeting the territory’s energy needs in the next 20 years, which ranges in cost between $206 million and $458 million, depending on how many new mines are commissioned.

Story courtesy Yukon News: https://www.yukon-news.com/news/yukon-government-mulls-power-line-to-site-c/

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