West Kelowna Mayor Gord Milsom is in Vancouver this week to discuss energy infrastructure (Michael Rodriguez - Kelowna Capital News)

West Kelowna Mayor discusses energy infrastructure needs during Vancouver convention

Mayor Milsom is at the UBCM Convention in Vancouver through the week

West Kelowna Mayor Gord Milsom is attending the 2019 Union on BC Municipalities in Vancouver this week to talk energy security.

In a statement, Milsom stated that he’s met with senior BC Hydro officials to discuss the need for a second power transmission line to help distribute backup power in West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and Peachland communities during emergencies.

READ MORE: Federal, provincial governments sign deal for electrification of B.C. energy sector

According to Milsom, local residents were promised the second transmission line by BC Hydro back in 2015. However, BC Hydro advised West Kelowna four years later in 2019 that there would be additional delays to the project due to resiliency and redundancy tests that had to be done on the proposed lines.

Milsom highlights that safety is the number one reason for the project to finally go ahead.

“BC Hydro assured us (Tuesday) that they are very aware of how important power redundancy is to the 50,000 people on the westside of Okanagan Lake who rely on this single power line.”

Milsom emphasizes that even one small natural disaster can cut off power to local residents with the current state of the energy infrastructure in the communities.

“We have seen time and time again that emergencies can arise, and that increased forest fires and flooding threaten our infrastructure. It is vital for West Kelowna to have a redundant power source to ensure the safety our our community and the greater Westside.”

B.C. Hydro has since clarified that it intends to bring proposed line options to the B.C. Utilities in early 2020, which includes power recommendations for the new infrastructure.

Later on Wednesday, West Kelowna delegates are also meeting with Minister of Health Adrian Dix to discuss the importance of a future urgent and primary care centre in their community.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Deadline to apply for Kelowna neighbourhood grant program is quickly approaching

The grant will match up to $1,500 for community projects

Solution being found after Kelowna housing society misplaces washer and dryer unit

Shannon McDonald wanted to pay it forward with a gift, but there was a communication error

Central Okanagan superintendent outlines priorities for 2019-2020 school year

Infrastructe and program development were main themes in presentation

Lake Country man charged for killing his wife expected to enter plea

Lambertus “Bert” Westervelt was charged with second-degree murder of his wife in April

Breakfast with the candidates: Central Okanagan candidates to meet for early morning panel

The event will feature a round of ‘speed dating’ followed by a one-hour panel

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

Potent power play paces Canucks to 5-1 win over Detroit

Miller nets a pair as Vancouver wins third straight

Okanagan ski hills highlighted on website’s ‘most affordable’ list

HomeToGo looks at rentals, lift passes, accommodations and food to compile list of Top 50

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

VIDEO: Meet your Kelowna-Lake Country candidates

All seven Kelowna-Lake Country candidates answer questions about themselves and their policy

VIDEO: Meet your Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola candidates

Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola candidates answer questions about themselves and their policy

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

Most Read