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Hydro power switched on in the Iskut area (Terrace Standard)

The tiny community of Iskut along Hwy37 North celebrated a switch from diesel-generated power  to hydro-electric power Dec. 18.

And thanks to 400 feet of LED icicle lights provided by B.C. Hydro for the occasion which were then strung up at the community’s administration building, the switch over marked the end of years of dependence upon diesel generation.

“It was a split second,” said Iskut Band operations and maintenance manager Henry Carlick of the event which took place at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 18.

“The lights blinked for a few seconds. We thought it was going to take time but I guess it was just a flick of the switch and it was done,” he said.

The hydro-electric power flowing to Iskut stems from BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line, a 344km 287kv line running north of Terrace to a substation at Bob Quinn on Hwy37 North. A second 287kv line, called the Iskut extension, then runs 93km north of Bob Quinn to another substation at Tatogga Lake.

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