An anticipated BC Hydro water imports increase

The Vancouver Sun is reporting the dry conditions in the Northeast have BC Hydro bracing for a $220 million increase in electricity imports this fiscal year.

The story says, in documents filed this month with the B.C. Utilities Commission, Hydro states that it expects a "significant" increase in the purchase of imported power this year, because of low water volumes coming into its hydroelectric reservoirs.

It indicates the biggest Hydro generating system, on the Peace River, is particularly hard hit.
Spokesperson Susan Danard is quoted as saying the low precipitation in June has "Bumped us to 77 per cent of normal inflows."

An earlier Hydro forecast reportedly stated that near-normal precipitation in June would be required to allow the Williston Reservoir to recover from a warm and dry winter, that had greatly diminished the vast system’s winter snow pack.

Since that recovery never happened, the Environment Ministry is confirming all of the province’s major northern river systems are now at near record low stream flows for this time of year.

Hydro’s only consolation is reportedly, that American electricity imports remain relatively cheap, as the U.S. continues to struggle with recessionary impacts, which have diminished industrial demand for energy.

 Click here to read the entire article from today’s Vancouver Sun.


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