BC Hydro to power up New Westminster for growing demand

New Westminster will get a big boost of juice by 2013.

BC Hydro plans to start work this summer on a $37.5-million project to bring enough power to help satisfy the city’s energy needs for the next 20 years.

In addition to upgrading the New Westminster substation, BC Hydro will build a 2.8-kilometre, 60 kiloVolt underground transmission circuit through the east part of Burnaby. It will help meet the demand for more electricity in New Westminster with its rising population, said Lesley Wood, manager of stakeholder relations for BC Hydro, and a New Westminster resident.

An information meeting to reveal the plans was held at Centennial Community Centre last Wednesday where 21 people showed up. Wood said there was no opposition to the plans at the session because the transmission line would run underground.

The route runs beside Robert Burnaby Park and then down Second Street into New Westminster before hanging a left at Glover Avenue and then into the substation on Colborne Street. Construction is expected to begin in July with work scheduled to be completed by early 2013.

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