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The Cape Scott Wind Farm produces clean energy for Vancouver Island communities and industries, yet when the North Island has power outages, local communities cannot access this local supply of clean electricity. (Photo supplied by ICET)

North Island coalition is working together to end regional power outages

Regional effort will explore alternative power supply opportunities to boost reliability

 

BC Hydro crew members recover fish from the empty underground John Hart generating station tunnels on Aug. 19, 2022. The tunnels have been de-watered to conduct regular maintenance. BC Hydro photo

Eerie look inside de-watered underground John Hart tunnels

Maintenance work that emptied tunnels will be extended resulting in longer road closure over dam

 

Electric clocks in the northwest have been running faster. (Contributed photo)

A BC Hydro power switch caused northwestern B.C. clocks to run faster

BC Hydro was using Rio Tinto power

 

Most British Columbians choose to leave their air conditioning on for their pets when they are away from home on hot days, BC Hydro found in a June 2022 survey. (CNW Group/Canadian Animal Health Institute)

British Columbians willing to pay the price to keep their pets cool, says BC Hydro

75% leave air conditioning on for furry friends even when not home, survey finds

Most British Columbians choose to leave their air conditioning on for their pets when they are away from home on hot days, BC Hydro found in a June 2022 survey. (CNW Group/Canadian Animal Health Institute)
BC Hydro crews work to repair an outage in Saanich July 24. (Submitted)

UPDATE: Power mostly returned after car crash causes outage for 2,000 in Saanich

Lights were out in Gorge-Tillicum and Strawberry Vale neighbourhoods since late Saturday night

BC Hydro crews work to repair an outage in Saanich July 24. (Submitted)
Campbell River flow levels discharging from the John Hart powerhouse at the Elk Falls Canyon in the summer of 2022 are expected to be around normal, meaning higher than they’ve been for the last four years, according to BC Hydro. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell river Mirror

Expect ‘normal’ Campbell River system water levels and flow rates – and that’s a good thing

River flow rate has been where it should be to July 1 for the salmon out-migration period: BC Hydro

Campbell River flow levels discharging from the John Hart powerhouse at the Elk Falls Canyon in the summer of 2022 are expected to be around normal, meaning higher than they’ve been for the last four years, according to BC Hydro. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell river Mirror
AC units are becoming increasingly common in B.C. homes. (Photo by STEVE MAXWELL)

More British Columbians turning to AC units to escape summer heat

BC Hydro statistics show nearly 40 per cent of British Columbians have AC at home

AC units are becoming increasingly common in B.C. homes. (Photo by STEVE MAXWELL)
More than 1,700 residents in Sidney are without power Friday morning. (BC Hydro outage map)

UPDATE: Power restored in Sidney but outage cause remains a mystery

Friday morning outage saw more than 1,700 without power

More than 1,700 residents in Sidney are without power Friday morning. (BC Hydro outage map)
West Coast clocks displayed incorrect times for about a week last October and are set to do the same thing again next week as BC Hydro works to complete upgrades to its Great Central Lake Substation from June 27-30. (Westerly file photo)

Hydro work set to disrupt clocks in Tofino and Ucluelet

BC Hydro is warning West Coasters not to trust their clocks next week

West Coast clocks displayed incorrect times for about a week last October and are set to do the same thing again next week as BC Hydro works to complete upgrades to its Great Central Lake Substation from June 27-30. (Westerly file photo)
Strathcona Dam. BC Hydro photo

Strathcona Dam project overcomes design obstacle

BC Hydro aims to start construction on water discharge update project in 2025

Strathcona Dam. BC Hydro photo
Ladore Dam with McIvor Lake in the background. BC Hydro photo

PHOTOS: Dam upgrade on popular Campbell River lake won’t affect recreation

Ladore Spillway Seismic Upgrade Project will not change water levels on McIvor Lake reservoir

Ladore Dam with McIvor Lake in the background. BC Hydro photo
FILE: Hydro crews work on downed power lines taken out by a tree. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)

Thousands without power on B.C.’s south coast amid windstorm

B.C. Hydro estimates some 20,000 customers are without power after windstorm hits overnight

FILE: Hydro crews work on downed power lines taken out by a tree. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)
Water supply forecast for the Campbell River has greatly improved since a drier than usual February and March. Mirror file photo

Soggy April improves water supply forecast for Campbell River

Third wettest April in 41 years of record says BC Hydro

Water supply forecast for the Campbell River has greatly improved since a drier than usual February and March. Mirror file photo
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Emergency planned power outage scheduled for late Saturday night in the North Island

Emergency repairs are needed on part of the transmission line

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An upstream view of BC Hydro’s Strathcona Dam. The company is under fire from the BC Wildlife Federation, which says BC Hydro isn’t meeting its environmental compensation requirements. (BC Hydro photo)

BC Hydro falling short on environmental obligations, conservation group claims

BC Wildlife Federation calls for auditor general to examine electric company

An upstream view of BC Hydro’s Strathcona Dam. The company is under fire from the BC Wildlife Federation, which says BC Hydro isn’t meeting its environmental compensation requirements. (BC Hydro photo)
The Site C Dam project has seen two major outbreaks of COVID-19. (B.C. Hydro photo)

B.C. Hydro’s vaccine mandate ‘reasonable’, labour arbitrator rules

The electricity utility has faced significant challenges managing the spread of COVID

The Site C Dam project has seen two major outbreaks of COVID-19. (B.C. Hydro photo)
A fallen spruce at the intersection of Jutland and Burnside Road took down powerlines and stalled traffic on April 4. (City of Victoria)

Fallen trees take down powerlines in Victoria during windstorm

Incidents caused localized power failures but no injuries, says VicPD

A fallen spruce at the intersection of Jutland and Burnside Road took down powerlines and stalled traffic on April 4. (City of Victoria)
Summerland crews work on a power line on Jubilee Road. (Summerland Review file photo)

BC Hydro rates set to decrease by 1.4% on April 1

Decrease part of a three-year rate application granted interim approval by BC Utilities Commission

Summerland crews work on a power line on Jubilee Road. (Summerland Review file photo)
John Hart Dam near Campbell River, B.C. BC Hydro photo

Many contractors interested in Campbell River dam upgrade project

BC Hydro took 30 companies on tour of project site as part of BC Bid process

John Hart Dam near Campbell River, B.C. BC Hydro photo
The City of Colwood is advising motorists of construction in the area of Sooke and Metchosin roads which will result in periodic lane closures and detours until Feb. 21. (Photo courtesy of City of Colwood)

Colwood construction causing delays at Metchosin and Sooke roads

Periodic lane closures and detours will last until Feb. 21

The City of Colwood is advising motorists of construction in the area of Sooke and Metchosin roads which will result in periodic lane closures and detours until Feb. 21. (Photo courtesy of City of Colwood)