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When the wind howls, trees can come down and bring power lines with them. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)

Heavy winds leave over 44,000 in Lower Mainland without power, 100,000 across B.C.

Crews working to restore 97 separate outages in Lower Mainland, 355 across province

 

B.C. Hydro studies indicate mobile homes use 50 per cent more electricity than other home type. (File Photo)

Heating costs run high for mobile homes, but BC Hydro offers tips

Most mobile home customers in B.C. are low-income, seniors

 

Crews were busy clearing the Eric Langton Elementary School parking lot on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 after the season’s first storm on Monday. (Ronan O’Doherty/The News)

‘Some customers may be out for a second night’ says BC Hydro as crews work to restore power

Snowstorm required all fire crews from Ridge Meadows to respond

Crews were busy clearing the Eric Langton Elementary School parking lot on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 after the season’s first storm on Monday. (Ronan O’Doherty/The News)
(RCMP photo)
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British Columbians are using virtual methods to stay connected this holiday season (Pixabay)

BC Hydro predicts an electricity-usage high this COVID-19 holiday season

Zoom is the number one downloaded app this year, as more people connect digitally

British Columbians are using virtual methods to stay connected this holiday season (Pixabay)
A series of power outages are popping up across Maple Ridge this morning (BC Hydro outages map screenshot)

UPDATE: Power outages popping up across Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

More than 2,500 customers are affected in Maple Ridge, large outage in Pitt Meadows affecting 2,250

A series of power outages are popping up across Maple Ridge this morning (BC Hydro outages map screenshot)
Snow clings to tree branches as a woman crosses a street in Vancouver, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. British Columbia’s electrical supplier says homeowners are not ready for the upcoming winter storm season even though many households report they weathered COVID-19-related closures and shortages earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro warns toilet paper stockpiles won’t help when storms cut power

Crown utility says its data show there has been a 117 per cent increase in storms over the past several years

Snow clings to tree branches as a woman crosses a street in Vancouver, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. British Columbia’s electrical supplier says homeowners are not ready for the upcoming winter storm season even though many households report they weathered COVID-19-related closures and shortages earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
BC Hydro has reported a power outage in Pitt Meadows on Saturday, Oct. 24. (BC Hydro)
BC Hydro has reported a power outage in Pitt Meadows on Saturday, Oct. 24. (BC Hydro)
BC Hydro map showing where power has been knocked out is dotted with over a dozen outages. (BC Hydro map screenshot)

Thousands without power in Lower Mainland on election day

One outage in Langley and Surrey is affecting over 4,000 customers

BC Hydro map showing where power has been knocked out is dotted with over a dozen outages. (BC Hydro map screenshot)
More and more electric cars are on the road, but one Chevy Bolt owner was shocked to see how much his BC Hydro bill skyrocketed once he started charging the vehicle. (Black Press file photo)

Lower Mainland man sees significant spike in BC Hydro bill after buying electrical vehicle

An increase should be expected, but Brian Chwiendacz experienced a 200-plus per cent hike

More and more electric cars are on the road, but one Chevy Bolt owner was shocked to see how much his BC Hydro bill skyrocketed once he started charging the vehicle. (Black Press file photo)
A tree blocks a road and brings down Hydro lines in east Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

BC Hydro reacts quickly to windstorm outages in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

Crews have restored power to 96 per cent of customers impacted by Tuesday’s windstorm

A tree blocks a road and brings down Hydro lines in east Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
A tree blocks the road and brings down Hydro lines on 102nd Avenue in east Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

UPDATE: High winds turning out lights in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Over 40,000 power outages in Lower Mainland Tuesday afternoon

A tree blocks the road and brings down Hydro lines on 102nd Avenue in east Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
This illustration shows the water diversion tunnel on Alouette Lake that result in entrainment of landlocked salmonids (Kokanee) and is the main obstacle to a fish ladder - any hatchery fish would be killed on attempting to migrate, according to columnist Jack Emberly. (Geoff Clayton/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: Fish ladder for Alouette dam would boost threatened wild sockeye

In action for more than a century can no longer be ignored: environmentalist

  • Aug 9, 2020
This illustration shows the water diversion tunnel on Alouette Lake that result in entrainment of landlocked salmonids (Kokanee) and is the main obstacle to a fish ladder - any hatchery fish would be killed on attempting to migrate, according to columnist Jack Emberly. (Geoff Clayton/Special to The News)
The BC Hydro Dam at Alouette Lake. (Contributed)

Alouette Lake levels not being lowered next month

BC Hydro has postponed work on dam infrastructure at popular Maple Ridge lake

The BC Hydro Dam at Alouette Lake. (Contributed)
BC Hydro crews are on scene completing scheduled work in the Silver Valley area of Maple Ridge on Monday, June 29, 2020 leaving more than 600 customers without power. (BC Hydro)

More than 600 BC Hydro customers without power in Maple Ridge

Crews are on scene completing scheduled work

BC Hydro crews are on scene completing scheduled work in the Silver Valley area of Maple Ridge on Monday, June 29, 2020 leaving more than 600 customers without power. (BC Hydro)
BC Hydro crews are on scene at a power outage in Maple Ridge. (Google maps)

Updated: Thousands without power in Maple Ridge

About 2,200 households initially affected

BC Hydro crews are on scene at a power outage in Maple Ridge. (Google maps)
(The Canadian Press)

Sleeping in, showering less: BC Hydro says power use changes since pandemic

Many people are also cooking and baking more than before the pandemic

(The Canadian Press)
The BC Hydro dam at Alouette Lake. (Contributed)

BC Hydro seeing 10% dip in electricity demand, concerned about reservoir spillover

B.C. could see a decrease in electricity use double that of the 2008 recession by April 2021

The BC Hydro dam at Alouette Lake. (Contributed)
About 1,300 BC Hydro customers are without power in Maple Ridge. (BC Hydro)

About 1,300 BC Hydro customers without power in Maple Ridge

A tree has fallen across electrical wires

About 1,300 BC Hydro customers are without power in Maple Ridge. (BC Hydro)