A plan to build a high-voltage merchant power line under the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Canada's southern Vancouver Island to Washington state in the US has been approved by Canada's National Energy Board. The 550 MW line, says its developers, will encourage development of British Columbia's renewable energy resources by providing an avenue for BC power producers to access electricity markets in the US. Vancouver's Sea Breeze Power, which is a partner in the project with Maine's Boundless Energy LLC and the Energy Investors Funds Group, has eight wind farms under development on Vancouver Island, the most advanced of which is the 99 MW Knob Hill project. The Juan de Fuca cable project still needs the approval of the US Department of Energy and developers must still file a detailed route plan with the NEB for approval.
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