Cascade Heritage Project
The Cascade Heritage Power Project is located on the Kettle River 2 km south of the town of Christina Lake, B.C. and 18 km east of Grand Forks, B.C.
The Cascade Heritage Power Project is a proposed run-of-river hydroelectric plant which will produce up to 25 MW of sustainable energy - enough to satisfy the needs of 10,00 people. The project is designed to generate clean electricity, avoiding the production of harmful atmospheric emissions associated with coal, gas and biomass projects. Unlike traditional hydroelectric projects, which sometimes require the flooding of large areas of land to support the needs of a storage dam, a run-of-river project diverts some of the natural flow of water through a tunnel, which powers a turbine, before returning the water to the natural watercourse some distance downstream. The project has been designed to preserve fish habitat in the canyon and the scenic beauty of the falls so that tourism and recreation opportunities currently enjoyed at the site will continue. The Cascade site is of unique historical significance as it was originally the site of a hydroelectric project that operated between 1897 and 1919. The original project played an important role in the development of the electric power industry in North America. It was one of the first locations in the world where three-phase 60 hz alternating current was generated and was where high voltage transmission was pioneered. This set the standard for future generation and transmission in North America.