In the thread where the guy was ranting against alternating current in his
house, Iownuass wrote:
MB Hydro uses DC for transmission from generator sites to converter stations
over hundreds of miles.
So I emailed them for a few more details, and they wrote back the following:
HVDC transmission from Manitoba Hydro's Northern generation region to the
Southern load center is preferred over HVAC transmission based primarily on
It is well documented that for transmission lengths exceeding approximately
600km, HVDC transmission becomes economically competitive with HVAC
transmission. As distances increase the economic benefits associated with
HVDC versus HVAC transmission increase. The magnitudes of these benefits are
unique to design characteristics and requirements of each particular
Some HVDC benefits which attribute to improved economics are; simpler line
construction, greater power per conductor, only two conductors required, no
line compensation required...etc.
In addition to these economic benefits there are a number of technical and
operational benefits that make HVDC transmission attractive for long
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As for the Nelson River, development began in 1966. It was connected to
Manitoba's provincial power system in 1967. The Nelson River HVDC line (also
known as Bipole 1) was first energized in 1971.
Who'da thunk??? Curious that distance is one of the main factors.
So Edison (who would proly have invented Enron, given the chance), was
partially right, but for the wrong reasons.
Next, holy shit, this technology was implemented in 1971 !!!!!
Which mean it was proly in the works from 1961 !!
The above link also offers a brochure.
Gotta love Canada!!! Where ahm movin!!