British Columbia

Overview of Electricity Sector

Like other provinces with abundant water resources, British Columbia generates the vast majority of its power from hydroelectricity. In 2014, 95% of BC’s power consumed was generated at hydro facilities located throughout the Peace, Columbia and Coastal regions, ranging from large storage hydro facilities to micro run-of-river projects [i]. The bulk of hydro generation is...

Renewable Energy

After hydropower, bioenergy is BC’s most developed renewable electricity resource, accounting for over 700 MW of existing capacity[i]. BC is currently Canada’s leader in bioenergy capacity due to its large abundance of wood based biomass. Waste from sawmills accounts for more than 70% of bioenergy inputs, but electricity is also generated from logging debris (including...

Community Energy

There are several types of community-led energy projects underway in BC. Many community-scale projects involve the greening of remote community grids, which are wholly reliant on costly and polluting diesel generation. The Remote Community Energy Network, a collaborative effort between the BC government, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, BC Hydro and the First Nations Technology Council, support...

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