Site C will energize BC for a hundred years

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Site C will energize BC for a hundred years

Vancouver, December 11, 2017 – The BC Chamber of Commerce applauds Premier John Horgan and the BC Government for their difficult decision to continue construction on the $8.8 billion hydroelectric Site C dam.

“In the long-run, Site C’s affordable energy is a huge competitive advantage for business in the province, said Val Litwin, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “BC’s hydroelectric system gives businesses and residents certainty that reliable and clean power will be available when it is needed.”

The BC Chamber has long supported the Site C and believes the reliable, low-cost energy generated by the project will be an essential part of BC’s ability to compete in the decades – and generations – ahead.  BC’s continued economic growth and prosperity depend on its ability to remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace.  With projections that over one million additional people will live in BC in the next 20 years, and that significant economic expansion across the province will occur, BC’s ability to meet the increasing energy needs will be crucial when it comes to attracting and retaining businesses.

“Site C will energize BC for the next hundred years – but perhaps even more exciting is the step BC has taken today toward lowering its carbon footprint over that same timeline,” said Val Litwin, President and CEO of the BC Chamber.

When operational, Site C will produce over 5,000-gigawatt hours and electricity annually – enough to power approximately 400,000 homes. Site C will also provide over 1,000 megawatts of capacity – enough to support 900 megawatts of wind power, an important part of BC’s clean technology sector, which includes wind and solar power. The BC Chamber’s Annual “Collective Perspective” Report (2017) shows BC’s clean energy technology sector is considered to be the second-most-important growth sector over the next 10 years. 

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About the BC Chamber
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Media Contact
Stephanie Rea
Interim Director of Communications
BC Chamber of Commerce
(Direct) 604-638-8114
srea@bcchamber.org