British Columbia's Energy Objectives

Last updated: 15 March 2019
The following comprise British Columbia's energy objectives:

(a)
to achieve electricity self-sufficiency;

(b)
to take demand-side measures and to conserve energy, including the objective of the authority reducing its expected increase in demand for electricity by the year 2020 by at least 66%;

(c)
to generate at least 93% of the electricity in British Columbia from clean or renewable resources and to build the infrastructure necessary to transmit that electricity;

(d)
to use and foster the development in British Columbia of innovative technologies that support energy conservation and efficiency and the use of clean or renewable resources;

(e)
to ensure the authority's ratepayers receive the benefits of the heritage assets and to ensure the benefits of the heritage contract under the BC Hydro Public Power Legacy and Heritage Contract Act continue to accrue to the authority's ratepayers;

(f)
to ensure the authority's rates remain among the most competitive of rates charged by public utilities in North America;

(g)
to reduce BC greenhouse gas emissions

(i)
by 2012 and for each subsequent calendar year to at least 6% less than the level of those emissions in 2007,

(ii)
by 2016 and for each subsequent calendar year to at least 18% less than the level of those emissions in 2007,

(iii)
by 2020 and for each subsequent calendar year to at least 33% less than the level of those emissions in 2007,

(iv)
by 2050 and for each subsequent calendar year to at least 80% less than the level of those emissions in 2007, and

(v)
by such other amounts as determined under the Climate Change Accountability Act;

(h)
to encourage the switching from one kind of energy source or use to another that decreases greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia;

(i)
to encourage communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use energy efficiently;

(j)
to reduce waste by encouraging the use of waste heat, biogas and biomass;

(k)
to encourage economic development and the creation and retention of jobs;

(l)
to foster the development of first nation and rural communities through the use and development of clean or renewable resources;

(m)
to maximize the value, including the incremental value of the resources being clean or renewable resources, of British Columbia's generation and transmission assets for the benefit of British Columbia;

(n)
to be a net exporter of electricity from clean or renewable resources with the intention of benefiting all British Columbians and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in regions in which British Columbia trades electricity while protecting the interests of persons who receive or may receive service in British Columbia;

(o)
to achieve British Columbia's energy objectives without the use of nuclear power.

(p)
[Repealed 2019-24-2.]

Want to know more about this policy ? Learn moreLearn more

End uses covered
  • Building end-uses
  • Building vintage
  • Existing buildings