About BC Hydro

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Corporate and regulatory information

BC Hydro is a provincial Crown corporation with a mandate to generate, purchase, distribute and sell electricity. Discover who we are, and how we plan and deliver power, to meet B.C.'s electricity needs.

Hydroelectric power drives the province

We operate 30 hydroelectric facilities and three thermal generating plants, with our hydroelectricity – located in the Peace, Columbia and Coastal regions of B.C. – providing 95% of the total electricity we generate.

We deliver electricity to customers through a network of over 78,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution lines.

As of December 31, 2014, Independent Power Producers accounted for about 25% of our domestic supply, and will provide a large portion of power needs over the next several years.

Learn more about what we do in our Energy in B.C. section.

Governance and mandate

As a Provincial Crown corporation, the owner and sole shareholder of BC Hydro is the Province of British Columbia.

We report through the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Four key pieces of legislation – including the BC Energy Act – combine to provide:

  • A mandate to generate, manufacture, conserve, supply, acquire, and dispose of power and related products
  • Regulatory power to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), to ensure our customers receive safe, reliable and non-discriminatory energy services at fair rates
  • A reasonable opportunity to the shareholder (Province of B.C.) to earn a fair return on its invested capital.

The Act also ensures public ownership of ours heritage resources, which include BC Hydro's transmission and distribution systems, and all of our existing generation and storage assets.