Â“This is a significant milestone in the ongoing development of British ColumbiaÂ’s electricity system,Â” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines. Â“Connecting Iskut to the grid will provide a clean, reliable supply of power to the community. ItÂ’s also part of a larger project that will play an important role in the economic development of northwest B.C. by delivering power to a growing region.Â”
The connection was constructed thanks to the completion of the Northwest Transmission Line NTL this past summer. NTL received a capital contribution from the federal Green Energy Fund, with the condition that BC Hydro connect Iskut to its grid within a year of the NTL coming into service. This interconnection required an additional extension from the NTL Â– the new Iskut Extension transmission line.
Â“As we strive to meet a growing demand for electricity, BC Hydro makes ongoing investments that enable cost-effective, clean power to be delivered to our customers across the province,Â” said Greg Reimer, executive vice-president, Transmission & Distribution, BC Hydro. Â“We are very pleased to add the community of Iskut to BC HydroÂ’s customer base. Connecting Iskut to the grid seven months early and reducing their reliance on diesel generation will eliminate about 2,800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.Â”
The generator currently supplying power to Iskut is scheduled for removal in 2016, at a date to be determined in consultation with the Village of Iskut. Until then, it will serve as back-up supply.