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Air conditioner use on the rise in BC as temperatures heat up

More people are turning to air conditioners, and leaving them on longer, to beat the heat

 

AC units are becoming increasingly common in B.C. homes. (Photo by STEVE MAXWELL)

More British Columbians turning to AC units to escape summer heat

BC Hydro statistics show nearly 40 per cent of British Columbians have AC at home

 

FILE: Hydro crews work on downed power lines taken out by a tree. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)

Thousands without power on B.C.’s south coast amid windstorm

B.C. Hydro estimates some 20,000 customers are without power after windstorm hits overnight

 

An upstream view of BC Hydro’s Strathcona Dam. The company is under fire from the BC Wildlife Federation, which says BC Hydro isn’t meeting its environmental compensation requirements. (BC Hydro photo)

BC Hydro falling short on environmental obligations, conservation group claims

BC Wildlife Federation calls for auditor general to examine electric company

An upstream view of BC Hydro’s Strathcona Dam. The company is under fire from the BC Wildlife Federation, which says BC Hydro isn’t meeting its environmental compensation requirements. (BC Hydro photo)
The Site C Dam project has seen two major outbreaks of COVID-19. (B.C. Hydro photo)

B.C. Hydro’s vaccine mandate ‘reasonable’, labour arbitrator rules

The electricity utility has faced significant challenges managing the spread of COVID

The Site C Dam project has seen two major outbreaks of COVID-19. (B.C. Hydro photo)
Summerland crews work on a power line on Jubilee Road. (Summerland Review file photo)

BC Hydro rates set to decrease by 1.4% on April 1

Decrease part of a three-year rate application granted interim approval by BC Utilities Commission

Summerland crews work on a power line on Jubilee Road. (Summerland Review file photo)
A man walks a dog after an overnight snowfall in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Arctic outflow leads to new record for peak electricity demand: BC Hydro

BC Hydro recommends turning off heat when no one is home to save on power bills

A man walks a dog after an overnight snowfall in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Hydro outage map, Dec. 18, 2021. (B.C. Hydro)

Winter storm leaves thousands in B.C. without power

Outages can be reported to B.C. Hydro at 1-800-BCHYDRO (1-800-224-9376)

B.C. Hydro outage map, Dec. 18, 2021. (B.C. Hydro)
The outage is now affecting 3,779 people. Almost 5,000 were left without power during the initial outage. (BC Hydro photo)

Areas of Golden to remain without power for another night

Kicking Horse will be closed due to the outage

The outage is now affecting 3,779 people. Almost 5,000 were left without power during the initial outage. (BC Hydro photo)
With more people planning to visit this holiday season, BC Hydro advises being mindful about energy consumption. Pictured here, Christmas lights on Fraser Highway in Langley City. (Black Press file)

With more people planning Christmas gatherings, mind energy use, says BC Hydro

COVID-19 health order saw a drop in energy usage Christmas evening in 2020, Hydro says

With more people planning to visit this holiday season, BC Hydro advises being mindful about energy consumption. Pictured here, Christmas lights on Fraser Highway in Langley City. (Black Press file)
B.C. was severely impacted by flooding during the storm that occurred from Nov. 13 to 15. More heavy rains are in the forecast this week. (Black Press Media file photo)

Incoming storms expected to bring outages, rising waters: BC Hydro

South Coast, Vancouver Island are bracing for more bad weather

B.C. was severely impacted by flooding during the storm that occurred from Nov. 13 to 15. More heavy rains are in the forecast this week. (Black Press Media file photo)
Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Storm warning: B.C. West Coast prepares as best it can for inevitable rough weather

BC Hydro ready as La Nina returns, with expected intensified winds and rainfall

Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Electronics plugs are seen on a power bar in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2018. A report from British Columbia’s main electricity distributor says many B.C. residents are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

BC Hydro report says residents unaware of best choices when cutting carbon footprint

Survey finds many are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost-effective choices

Electronics plugs are seen on a power bar in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2018. A report from British Columbia’s main electricity distributor says many B.C. residents are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini
BC Hydro is warning that drought-weakened trees might lead to more power outages this fall and winter. (Photo credit: Angie Mindus/Black Press)

Summer drought could create more power outages

Drought-weakened trees and a stormy fall and winter could result in more power outages

  • Sep 23, 2021
BC Hydro is warning that drought-weakened trees might lead to more power outages this fall and winter. (Photo credit: Angie Mindus/Black Press)
The landscape is dotted with power lines and poles as smoke from wildfires burning in the area fills the air while motorists travel on the Trans-Canada Highway near Walhachin, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Residents across British Columbia are being advised to prepare a well-stocked emergency kit in advance of what BC Hydro warns could be a stormy fall and winter made worse by the effects of the severe summer drought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Drought-weakened trees, fall storms could mean more power outages: BC Hydro

Conditions mirror those in 2015 and 2018, when the utility was hit by its two most damaging storms

The landscape is dotted with power lines and poles as smoke from wildfires burning in the area fills the air while motorists travel on the Trans-Canada Highway near Walhachin, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Residents across British Columbia are being advised to prepare a well-stocked emergency kit in advance of what BC Hydro warns could be a stormy fall and winter made worse by the effects of the severe summer drought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A swimmer swims in an unauthorized area at Comox Dam. Photo courtesy BC Hydro

Public risking lives on BC Hydro facilities pursuing perfect selfies

Incidents range from climbing transmission towers to swimming in restricted areas at dam sites

A swimmer swims in an unauthorized area at Comox Dam. Photo courtesy BC Hydro
A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro keeping eye on large wildfire burning near transmission line

The Brenda Creek wildfire in Central Okanagan is still classified as out of control

A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Electric vehicle drivers who use BC Hydro fast charging stations, such as this one in Cache Creek which opened in July 2019, will now have to pay for their charging time. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

No more free ride: BC Hydro charging drivers at EV stations

As of May 1, drivers using BC Hydro fast charging stations will have to pay to do so

Electric vehicle drivers who use BC Hydro fast charging stations, such as this one in Cache Creek which opened in July 2019, will now have to pay for their charging time. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
BC Hydro released a survey Thursday, April 22. It found that many British Columbians are unintentionally contributing to climate change with their yard maintenance choices. (Pixabay)

Spend a lot of time doing yard work? It might be contributing to climate change

Recent BC Hydro survey finds 60% of homeowners still use gas-powered lawnmowers and yard equipment

BC Hydro released a survey Thursday, April 22. It found that many British Columbians are unintentionally contributing to climate change with their yard maintenance choices. (Pixabay)
Results, first published March 12, say 20 per cent of homeowners who conducted renovations regret focusing solely on aesthetic upgrades. (Pixabay)

20% of B.C. homeowners regret 2020 renovations: report

More than half surveyed say they’ve made upgrades to their home since last March

Results, first published March 12, say 20 per cent of homeowners who conducted renovations regret focusing solely on aesthetic upgrades. (Pixabay)