Minister ‘confident’ B.C. is adequately preparing for drought, energy needs

By Kylie Stanton and Elizabeth McSheffrey
Global News
February 13, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s energy minister Josie Osborne is “confident” the province is “taking all the steps that need to be taken” to prepare for what could be another drought-stricken summer followed by more dry summers for years to come. …some continue to sound alarm bells about snowpack levels that are well below average for this time of year, and may not sufficiently replenish the water reservoirs tapped by BC Hydro. “Throughout this drought in 2023, BC Hydro has been planning in real-time to be able to account for this, taking steps like being able to import large amounts of electricity so we can reserve water to be used for energy production during the winter,” said Osborne. …The province imported a record amount of power last year — the equivalent of about two Site C Dams. The advocacy group Energy Futures Initiative suggested B.C. could become an “at-risk” area for power generation by 2026.

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