Fort Nelson power shortage "not dire"

BC Hydro is urging calm in the wake of recent media reports that suggest looming electricity shortages in Fort Nelson threaten to leave customers without power.

The reports have largely centered on a document Hydro presented to the BC Utilities commission earlier this year.

The document, which outlined Hydro’s long term plans for electricity acquisition, identified the possibility of insufficient electricity supply for Fort Nelson in light of a potential boom caused by oil and gas development in the area.

However, BC Hydro spokesperson Dag Sharman insists that the situation is “not dire”.

He says that the concerns identified in the report are only speculative at this point, and that Hydro is being proactive in looking ahead to address potential needs in the future.

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Fort Nelson Mayor Chris Morey also assures her constituents that all local infrastructure—including hydro—is currently adequate, and that the city is currently working with the future in mind.

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Morey added that the city hopes to host another Horn River stakeholder symposium next year to continue addressing these issues as they arise.