Two new small hydropower projects are generating electricity near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Provincial utility BC Hydro is purchasing power from both projects.
The first unit of Upnit Power Corp.’s 6.4-MW China Creek plant began operating in December. The second horizontal-axis Francis turbine is scheduled for commissioning in April. Hupacasath First Nation is the controlling partner in Upnit Power, while the city of Port Alberni, Ucluelet First Nation, and Synex Energy hold minority interests.
The second project, 5.5-MW South Sutton Creek Hydro, began commercial operation in October. South Sutton Creek Hydro is the project owner.