West Kelowna council is not happy BC Hydro has delayed a transmission line project to deliver a secondary source of power for the city.
Called the West Kelowna Transmission Project, the project was intended to off-set concerns the city has no backup power source if the current single transmission line is disrupted, an issue in particular during forest fire season every summer.
“I’m frustrated and confused by it,” said Coun. Rick de Jong. “(The impression) is that council has no say in the matter, after this (project) back in 2015, was accepted by all parties.”
BC Hydro issued a statement this week that after a projected increase in cost estimates, the project has been delayed from 2019 to 2025 while other options to minimize the impact of power outages be further analyzed.
“BC Hydro acknowledged that (more power lines) was the primary goal for this project. I feel like we went back four years,” said de Jong.
“I’m fearful that this is the first step of them moving away from the (original) line we wanted four years ago.”
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