Nanaimo Electric Light, Power and Heating Company

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Nanaimo Electric Light, Power and Heating Company

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The Nanaimo Electric Light, Power and Heating Company operated a coal-powered electric plant in Nanaimo built in 1888, primarily for lighting streets and homes. In 1904, the company, then owned in Victoria, built a hydro-electric plant and dam on the Millstone River. In 1907, No. 2 dam was built at Westwood Lake. The company was sold in 1926 to the International Utilities Corporation. In June of 1930 the company was acquired by the Commonwealth Corporation and in July 1934 it was amalgamated with Duncan Utilities Limited, creating Nanaimo Duncan Utilities Limited. William Lewis started as bookkeeper and collector for the company in 1897, and was manager of the Nanaimo operations until 1931.

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