BC Hydro seeks regulatory approval for South Peace transmission line

first_img“We will be preparing a detailed environmental management plan for the project prior to the start of construction,” said Barrett.If the BCUC grants the application, it is expected construction of the project would begin early next year and the line would be in service by October of 2013.More information on the project can be found online at http://transmission.bchydro.com/projects/dcc/. For more information on the BCUC, its regulatory review process and how to participate, go online to www.bcuc.com. Detailed maps of the proposed transmission line route, divided into three main sections, have been included with this article. The public utility announced today it has applied for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to the independent regulator of energy services, that will examine the need and justification for the project, its cost, socio-economic and environmental factors, and what alternatives to the project might exist.The Dawson Creek/Chetwynd Area Transmission Project is a proposed 230-kilovolt double-circuit transmission line, spanning about 60 kilometers between the planned Sundance Substation, to be located 19 kilometres east of Chetwynd near Highway 97, and Bear Mountain Terminal. A second 230-kilovolt double-circuit line, about 12 kilometers long, will connect Bear Mountain Terminal to Dawson Creek Substation. Bear Mountain Terminal will then be expanded into a full substation. The project is estimated to cost about $250 million and create up to 110 jobs per year during the construction stage. BC Hydro states that electricity demand in the South Peace region is growing at 10 times the rate as the utility’s system as a whole is growing, largely driven by natural gas development and related activities.- Advertisement -The route for the proposed transmission line was chosen after extensive consultation with stakeholders, and generally follows either the route of an existing transmission line or exiting roads or railroads where possible to minimize new disturbance, said Bruce Barrett, vice president responsible for BC Hydro’s major transmission and distribution projects.”We’ve been communicating with stakeholders in the South Peace for over a year, including elected officials for the communities in the area, and property owners who could be affected by the construction of the project,” he said. “We have communicated with the owners of over 100 private parcels.He said the preferred route for the line will affect more than 75 property owners, primarily with agricultural properties. He said the majority of houses are well over 100 metres from the proposed location of the line, and in cases where there are homes close to the existing line, they’ve made efforts to deviate from the existing right-of-way to avoid those homes.Advertisement He said a major mitigation effort is the design of the tower structures that will support the line, which will employ a single, steel pole structure rather than multiple poles or structural foundations. They will also select locations for those poles that minimize the impact to the land base, such as on on fencelines or near roads, he said. He added they will not be using guide wires so won’t be any wires or anchors extending out from the structures that will interfere with agriculture or other uses.”We’ve tried to keep the corridor as narrow as we can and reduce the number of structures, and in that way limit the effect on the land base,” said Barrett, adding there will be between 200-250 poles along the length of the project.The project does not require a provincial environmental assessment, and at this time appears not to trigger a federal assessment either. However, BC Hydro did hire a consulting firm to carry out environmental and archeological studies starting last year. Advertisementlast_img read more

BABY STEPS WITH ÁINE – BABY SHOWER INSPIRATION

first_imgHi everyone. This week I’m hoping to give you some inspiration for organising the perfect baby shower to treat those mums-to-be. For those of you that are new to my column, I’m Áine. I’m 26, Donegal born and bred and a first time mum to my 8 month old daughter Ava. This weekly column will be an account of my experiences so far.My highs and lows, some tips and tricks, and an honest overview of my pregnancy and life as a first time mum. I am no expert but, I hope you can relate in some way, to what I write.Baby showers might be an American tradition but it is something that is becoming more popular in the Ireland and the UK.  I was very fortunate to have one and it was definitely a much appreciated surprise towards the end of my pregnancy. The general idea is to ‘shower’ the mum-to- be with support and gifts. That said, there are no hard and fast rules with baby showers. You do not need to break the bank and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Having family and friends under the one roof for a chat and a laugh will be enough to make your mum-to-be a happy lady.However, if you’re feeling adventurous and want something a little bit bigger, here are some ideas from my baby shower.Decorations:Themes are optional. If the sex is know you can go all out with blue or pink. If not, why not have a bit of both.Bunting, balloons and streamers are all easy accessible and will add that party feel to your baby shower.Nappy cakes make great centre pieces as well as gifts which is a bonus.Buy a mum-to-be sash. She will secretly love it!Food:Nobody will be expecting a three course meal. Finger foods, nibbles and some desserts are more than enough.Add some baby themed food. For example: baby cupcakes or some napkin nappy fruit pouches. It will add to the excitement and make for some great photographs!A cake is a must! Why not bake your own to keep costs down. Oh, and don’t forget the mocktails!Games: Amongst all the girl talk and the eating, a few games will add a party spirit to your baby shower.Decorate a baby vest- Buy a big pack of white vests and some fabric paint or markers and decorate a vest for the baby to wear.How big is the bump- Get each guest to cut a piece of string the size they believe would fit perfectly around the mum-to-be’s tummy.The guest who is the closest receives a small prize. This game is guaranteed to make you laugh!Guess the baby- Ask all guests to bring their baby photo. Place all photos on a wall. Mum-to-be needs to guess her guests baby photos. It’s harder than it sounds!!Everyone loves a prop station. Why not download some free templates and make your own.Presents: The highlight of a baby shower is watching the excited ‘mum to be’ opening her presents. If it is a surprise make sure you include practical things she will need but has probably not bought yet like toys and clothes.If it isn’t a surprise it might be a good idea to ask the mum-to-be for some ideas. She will know exactly what they need and at least you know your present will be put to good use. Also include a few things for the mum-to-be herself, a massage and beauty treatment or some of pampering products.Traditionally, this is a surprise organised for a mum-to-be by family or friends. It’s a chance for her to sit back, relax and enjoy the company of her loved ones.If you’re pregnant and like the idea, why not drop some hints. If that doesn’t work, there is nothing wrong with organising your own. You will not regret it!Thanks for reading and happy organising,Áine xBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE – BABY SHOWER INSPIRATION was last modified: April 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Baby ShowerBaby Steps with AineBlogDecorHappyPresentsTipslast_img read more