BC Chamber of Commerce responds to BCUC review of Site C

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VANCOUVER, November 1, 2017 — The BC Chamber of Commerce thanks the British Columbia Utilities Commission for its work on reviewing BC Hydro’s Site C project. The report offers insight into the economic feasibility of Site C today and in the future.

“The Site C project provides a 100-year plan to provide reliable, clean energy while building the economy, allowing BC businesses to be competitive at a national and international level,” said Val Litwin, CEO and President of the BC Chamber of Commerce.

“Top of mind for the BC Chamber is the number of businesses connected with the Site C project, and the job creation possibilities that come with a project of this size. Approximately 2,000 people are working on the Site C project - with 1,800 people from BC alone - the economic impact is important to our prosperity,” said Litwin.

The BC Chamber of Commerce 2016 Collective Perspective Survey report found that BC’s clean technology sector is ranked as the second most important growth sector over the next 10 years by the businesses that operate in the province. The BC Chamber recognizes that advancements in wind and solar energy are encouraging, and play an important role in the energy portfolio, but believe BC Hydro’s Site C is an integral part of the clean-technology industry in the province and will be a driver of economic growth, increased investment, and innovation.