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B.C. Hydro holding open house for back-up power line into West Kelowna

West Kelowna's only source of power is a single substation near Shannon Lake.
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June 15, 2016 - 5:00 PM

WEST KELOWNA - B.C. Hydro wants to hear what locals think of its plan for a back-up electrical transmission line into the Westside.

The utility announced last year plans for a second line after a fire atop a pole supporting what still is the only power transmission line into West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and Peachland.

The fire knocked out power to 22,000 customers for nine hours and revealed the vulnerability of the single 138-kilovolt line running from Merritt to a substation near Shannon Lake.

Premier Christy Clark, who is also the MLA for Westside-Kelowna, stepped in and announced government funding for a back-up line with the same capacity but taking a different route to West Kelowna.

B.C. Hydro will hold an open house Tuesday, June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Westbank Lions Community Centre, 2466 Main Street, West Kelowna.

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