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Collisions with power poles on the rise: BC Hydro

December 12, 2019 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro says it’s seeing a rise in the number of car accidents involving its power poles and other electrical equipment and is offering tips to avoid injury. The utility says it responded to more than 2,100 accidents

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How BC Hydro fares in managing its cyber security risk

March 20, 2019 by Jason Contant

British Columbia’s electric utility is managing its cyber security risk for system components that must conform to mandatory reliability standards, but not for components to which the standards do not apply, the province’s auditor general has found. “We concluded that

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Recent storm ‘most damaging’ in BC Hydro history

January 2, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro says December’s massive windstorm was the most damaging in its history and demonstrates improvements are needed in order to be ready for future outages. A report from the Crown corporation says the Dec. 20 storm was

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Wind warnings issued for “almost the entire south coast” of B.C.

November 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has issued wind warnings for “almost the entire south coast” of British Columbia, noting that “strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.” The warnings, issued on Monday morning, noted that an

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Changing climate patterns, nat cats affecting electrical grid, Swiss Re and Johns Hopkins study finds

July 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Changing climate patterns are putting additional strain on both power generation and transmission, and presenting another risk factor for natural disaster mitigation and recovery in North America’s Pacific Northwest region, suggests a new study from Swiss Re and the Johns

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First autumn wind storm over southern B.C. cuts power to thousands of customers

October 7, 2016 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro crews across Vancouver Island and British Columbia’ south coast are working hard to restore power to thousands of customers following the region’s first autumn wind storm. Gusts of nearly 90 kilometres per hour were recorded during

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Concerns over fracking and earthquakes in B.C. disputed

August 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Senior officials with BC Hydro have “quietly feared for years that earthquakes triggered by natural gas industry fracking operations could damage its Peace River dams,” the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has charged. In a statement posted to its