Kelowna Lee Station Upgrade

Kelowna is growing quickly, and we’re working to ensure we continue to provide you with safe, reliable electricity service. In the spring of 2020 we’ll apply to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for proposed upgrades to our electrical system. Some of this work will take place close to your neighbourhood. It’s important to hear your feedback and keep you informed.

What will the proposed project include?

We’re proposing to add a new transformer at the FA Lee Terminal Station on McCurdy Road East to add capacity to our electrical system in Kelowna. Most of the work would be done inside the existing station, and is also expected to involve:

  • modifying power line approaches to the station
  • upgrading site lighting
  • removing an existing storage facility tent
  • improving the appearance of the station site  

We are planning to submit a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity application for this project to the BCUC soon.  If the application is approved, we expect the construction work will take place in 2021 and 2022.

Why we’re proposing this project

Kelowna is the largest city in the fast-growing Okanagan region. For the city and its surrounding areas (including parts of Lake Country, Joe Rich and Big White Ski Resort) peak demand is forecast to grow considerably. 

This investment in our electric system will ensure there’s sufficient capacity to serve the region for years to come, even on the coldest days when demand is highest. We expect the average rate impacts to be minimal.

We want to hear from you

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the order from the provincial government to reduce public meetings, we’ll be hosting a telephone town hall (conference call) instead of an open house.  The call is scheduled for April 22, 2020. We welcome residents to attend and provide feedback by calling 1-866-703-3295 and entering conference ID: 490205 anytime between 5 and 8 p.m.

Can’t participate in the call?

If you have questions or comments, or would like to receive project updates, please fill out a feedback form or email us at kelowna.substation@fortisbc.com.