West Kelowna Transmission Line Project
On February 5, 2015, the Province of British Columbia and BC Hydro announced the West Kelowna Transmission Project. BC Hydro is in the early planning stage for a new, secondary transmission line delivering clean, reliable power to the communities of WFN, West Kelowna and Peachland. About 22,000 customers are served by the Westbank Substation and a single 138 kilovolt transmission line. The existing transmission line is 80 kilometers long and runs through rugged, remote terrain susceptible to forest fires and landslides.
A Project Review Committee (PRC) was established and is being led by Westbank First Nation with the support of, Upper Nicola Band, Okanagan Indian Band, and the Okanagan Nation Alliance. The PRC and BC Hydro studied three alternatives for a new, secondary transmission line.