Why is BC Already Importing Electricity From Outside the Province?

Can't we simply develop more electricity generation?

Numerous academic studies from British Columbia have shown how expensive an electrification only approach would be.

One study estimated that the natural gas system in the province provides the equivalent energy of about 20-30 Site C dams.

Doesn't BC have an excess supply of hydroelectric power with Site C?

Not for long.

BC Hydro recently announced a new call for power, acknowledging that its system will soon need new sources of generation even with Site C.

What about electric distribution capacity in our neighbourhoods?

We’re already seeing the cost of electrification only approaches on distribution infrastructure.

A lack of electric distribution capacity has resulted in a number of stunning problems throughout British Columbia including:

  • Some new housing projects have been told they are not able to access the electricity system because there isn’t enough distribution capacity in their area;
  • A local hospital was forced to run on emergency backup generators because there wasn’t enough distribution capacity in the area; and
  • Some local governments are learning that new neighbourhoods might not have access to the electricity grid for many years, again as a result of insufficient distribution capacity.

What is RNG?

Renewable natural gas is a low-carbon energy that puts waste to work, helping reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

RNG is developed by capturing and naturally occurring biogas from local farms, landfills and other sources of decaying organic material.

Do you have more questions?

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