A project to fulfill energy needs in the City of Fernie for the next 30 years has officially been completed.
Representatives from BC Hydro were on hand to celebrate the completion of the Fernie Substation Upgrade Tuesday morning.
Executive Vice President of Operations Mark Poweska says the upgrades will allow for over 5.000 homes and businesses to receive reliable energy.
“This new substation does two things,” Poweska says. “It replaces the aging assets we had there, so they are more reliable. As well, it builds the ability for us to serve the community for its growth into the future.”
Poweska says they were joined by local elected official and members of the Ktunaxa Nation Council for the celebration.
The initial substation was built more than 40 years ago, with construction on the new equipment beginning two years ago in September 2016.
“The original one we had was from 1970, it was termed at the end of its useful life and we had to do something about refurbishing the assets,” Poweska says. “The old substation had run out of capacity to grow the region, so we couldn’t supply any more power.”
The substation upgrades came at a cost of $27.5 million.
– Mark Poweska – Executive Vice President of Operations, BC Hydro