When speaking of sources of energy, you can't go wrong with using clean, renewable energy. Renewable energy is a form of energy you can get in the natural environment that you can obtain repeatedly. Many companies worldwide use renewable energy by doing numerous projects like the "Site C Clean Energy Project" by the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority which uses hydroelectric energy as the energy source.
Site C Clean Energy Project
The Site C Clean Energy Project is made and operated by the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority. This project will use a dam and hydroelectric generating station to provide 1,100 megawatts and produce 5,100 gigawatt hours yearly, which is enough energy to provide power for thousands of homes. The Site C Clean Energy Project is the third hydroelectric station on the Peace River near British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority's W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams.
2014 was the year when the Site C Clean Energy Project was approved. The construction started in the year 2015. British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority anticipated that the year 2025 would be their completion target, and it will provide clean, reliable, and affordable for more than 100 years.
Hydroelectric Generating Station; How does it work?
A hydroelectric generating station's power source is water, like a dam. Hydroelectric power relies on the endless water cycle where it is situated, and the volume of the water flow and the change of elevation determine how much energy will be available in the body of water, which means the greater the flow, the more electricity it will produce.
How will Canada benefit from the Site C Clean Energy Project?
The Site C Clean Energy Project is sure to have numerous benefits that come along with it besides the benefits of using hydroelectric power. The benefits given are economical and regional, and community in nature.
1. Economic Benefits
A plethora of job opportunities will be available to the residents in Canada that are ready for the taking. In 2017, a monthly average of 2,200 workers, with a peak of 2,500 workers during summertime and a low of 1,500 during winter, also included training programs to improve their skills and safety precautions. Training programs are essential, especially on the topic of safety in the workplace. It is advised for a worker on a hydroelectric station to have enough knowledge on every aspect of electric shocks as they should take this seriously.
Canada's government revenue on regional, provincial, and federal levels shall also have benefits during the project, which include:
- Tax revenues
- Increase in the local and regional gross domestic product or GDP
- Grants-in-lieu and School Tax
- Allowances per year to the Peace River Regional District and its members
- Water rental payments to the local government
- Provincial and federal revenues during the construction of the project
2. Regional and Community Benefits
The Site C Clean Energy Project's benefits shall also extend to the residents of Canada with the use agreements from numerous communities, including the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), the District of Chetwynd, the District of Taylor, the City of Fort St. John and the District of Hudson's Hope. The benefits given also include the following:
- They are creating recreation and tourism opportunities by creating a viewpoint for the dam—improvements to existing parks and community centers.
- They are improving transportation infrastructure by rehabilitating and creating new roads for safe and easy travel.
- Provide homes such as rental houses, daycare centers, and long RVs for the workers along with their families who are living locally.
With The Site C Clean Energy Project still ongoing, more and more benefits will surely come to Canada and its residents. This project is The British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority's third hydroelectric station, which is nearly complete and, along with its completion, is another set of benefits for Canada and its residents. This project is a sure win for The British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority and Canada.
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