Juan de Fuca Power Cable

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Ranking for 2015: 73

Industry Sector: Energy

Specific Sector: Transmission

Range: $500,000,000 - $1 billion

Project Value: $665,000,000

Government Funds Involved: N/A

Funding Source: Private

Location: Victoria to Port Angeles, Washington, British Columbia

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2017

LEED: N/A


This 550-MW electricity transmission line will be the first international power connection across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The 50-kilometre line will link Vancouver Island with the Olympia Peninsula region in Washington State, 30 kilometres of which will be underwater. The bi-directional cable will increase speed and efficiency of transmission between Canada and the United States, an issue for certain types of fluctuating renewable energy, such as wind and solar. The cable will use state-of-the-art transmission technology and will improve reliability of the electricity supply with minimal environmental impact. All technical studies are complete and permits in place. The cable is expected to be operational by 2017.


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