Thus, the regulatory clock is essentially stopped until Hydro responds in full, and if then satisfied, the panel will schedule public hearings. 

Proponents of the dam see it as part of the solution to a population growth of one million people over the next two decades, that along with major economic expansion, means power needs are likely to increase by 40 per cent over the same period. 

Opponents see it – among other things – as the most destructive Agricultural Land Reserve project in the province’s history, with more than 6,000 hectares of farmland targeted for flooding. 

If the project eventually moves forward it is hoped Site C will be available for electricity needs by 2020.