British Columbia has granted environmental approval to BC Hydro’s plan to add 1,000 megawatts of generating capacity to its Mica Dam hydropower project on the Columbia River.
The provincially-owned utility is planning to add two turbines to the hydro plant, which is located north of Revelstoke, wire services reported. The additional units will bring the project’s total installed capacity to 2,805 megawatts, reports indicate.
The project still requires approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission.
As of March 31, 2010, an additional four projects had been selected for an award of an Electricity Purchase Agreement (EPA), including two run-of-river hydro projects.
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