Site C Inquiry - Final Report and Executive Summary


November 1, 2017   

BCUC Issues Site C Inquiry Final Report to Government

The BCUC has completed its inquiry examining the impact on BC Hydro ratepayers associated with continuing, suspending or terminating the Site C project.

The report and executive summary are available on the BCUC Site C Inquiry website at

The Panel’s key findings are:

  • The BCUC is not persuaded that the Site C project will remain on schedule for a November 2024 in-service date. The Panel also finds that the project is not within the proposed budget of $8.335 billion. Currently, completion costs may be in excess of $10 billion.
  • The Panel finds the least attractive of the three scenarios is to suspend and restart the project in 2024. The suspension and restart scenario adds at least an estimated $3.6 billion to final costs and is by far the most expensive of the three scenarios. In addition, the Panel considers it the most risky scenario because, among other things, environmental permits will expire and that will require new applications and approvals.
  • The Panel finds the Site C termination and remediation costs to be approximately $1.8 billion, in addition to the costs of finding alternative energy sources to meet demand.
  • Regarding future energy needs, the Panel finds BC Hydro’s mid load forecast to be excessively optimistic and considers it more appropriate to use the low load forecast in answering the questions set out in the Inquiry. In addition, the Panel is of the view that there are risks that could result in demand being less than the low case. 
  • The Panel believes increasingly viable alternative energy sources such as wind, geothermal and industrial curtailment could provide similar benefits to ratepayers as the Site C project, with an equal or lower Unit Energy Cost.
  • Neither completing Site C nor implementing a portfolio of alternative energy sources is without risk. The Panel reviews the risks of each approach in the report.


For more information, please visit the Site C Inquiry website at





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