Hydro proposal unpopular

Spallumcheen not pleased with utility's plans for new transmission line

B.C. Hydro’s plan to potentially install a new secondary transmission line in the North Okanagan to strengthen the transmission network of West Kelowna and Peachland has met with static from Spallumcheen council.

Hydro reps gave a presentation on the West Kelowna transmission project, saying there are three alternatives for the project, and alternative one includes a North Okanagan connection.

A new transmission line would be built on the west side of Okanagan Lake, connecting the Westbank substation to the existing transition line between the Vernon and Valleyview (Kamloops) substations. Options would then include connecting the existing line somewhere between Falkland and Vernon, or bringing the new line into the Vernon substation.

“As alternate one goes through an area that already has commercial, industrial and some residential development, along with our future development that we have planned, I move that we not support it,” said Coun. Christine Fraser.

“This would negatively impact existing and future development.”

Fraser’s motion was unanimously supported although Coun. Andrew Casson was absent.