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Unlocking British Columbia's Hydropower Potential

Matt Ball on April 29, 2013 - in Analysis, Energy

It’s predicted that the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada, will require an additional 30,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity within the next 20 to 25 years. To meet this projection, BC Hydro retained consulting firm Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. (KWL) to conduct a hydroelectrical analysis and identify optimal sites for run-of-river power development.

Because stream flows vary from month to month, many variables must be considered to accurately target reliable sites. These include surface runoff; seasonal changes in streamflow; and terrain characteristics such as slope, elevation drop, and proximity of sites to existing power lines and access roads.

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Matt Ball is founder and editorial director of V1 Media, publisher of Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping and the video news site GeoSpatial Stream.

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