Wild Border Watersheds

Northwest Transmission Line too expensive for small business (CBC News)

The operators of a wilderness lodge in northwestern B.C. are frustrated they will not able to draw power from the recently completed Northwest Transmission Line.

BC Hydro is in the process of commissioning the $700 million power project, which runs about 350 kilometres north of Terrace alongside Highway 37, and it is expected to come online sometime this month.

The high voltage line is expected to bolster mining and private hydroelectric power projects in northwestern B.C., reduce the use of diesel generators in the area and cut greenhouse gas emissions. It could also eventually connect Alaska with the North American transmission grid.

But while the new transmission line passes within 300 meters of the Bell 2 Lodge, which relies on diesel generators for power, the lodge won't be able to use it for power, according to Mike Watling, the sales director at the lodge.

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