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About the GERD Organizing Team Vancouver Chapter

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project Support Team — Vancouver Chapter — was formed in 2012 by non-paid, volunteers to help development activities in Ethiopia.

About GERD Project

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) — initially known as “The Millennium Dam”, and sometimes referred to as “Hidasse Dam” (“Hidasse”, Amharic for Renaissance) — was officially launched with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi groundbreaking on April 2, 2011. This new gravity dam, which is currently under construction on the Blue Nile River, will generate 6,000 MW of electric power, and is estimated to cost about $5 Billion USD; and will be fully funded by the Ethiopian government and its people. The dam project is located in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Western Ethiopia, just 40 km (25 mi) from the Sudan border, and is expected to be fully completed in 2015. When completed, the dam, with a reservoir capacity of 63 Billion cubic meters, will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa, and the 13th largest in the world.

For more information, visit http://www.hidasse.gov.et

In order to understand the GERD project better and compare the scale of the project, please read the following about BC Hydro (taken from Wikipedia):

The BC Hydro and Power Authority is a Canadian electric utility in the province of British Columbia, generally known simply as BC Hydro. It is the main electric distributor, serving 1.8 million customers in most areas,[3] with the exception of the City of New Westminster, where the city runs its own electrical department[4] and the Kootenay region, where FortisBC, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc. directly provides electric service to 213,000 customers and supplies municipally owned utilities in the same area.[5] As a provincial Crown corporation, BC Hydro reports to the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, and is regulated by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC). It is mandated to provide “reliable power, at low cost, for generations.”

BC Hydro operates 31 hydroelectric facilities and three natural gas-fueled thermal power plants. As of 2014, 95 per cent of the province’s electricity was produced by hydroelectric generating stations, which consist mostly of large hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Peace Rivers. [6] BC Hydro’s various facilities generate between 43,000 and 54,000 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, depending on prevailing water levels. BC Hydro’s capacity is about 11,000 megawatts.[7]

Electricity is delivered through a network of 18,286 kilometers of transmission lines and 55,254 kilometers of distribution lines. For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the domestic electric sales volume was 53,018 gigawatt hours, revenue was $5.392 billion and net income was $549 million.[8]

Click here to read more about BC Hydro


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