Standing Offer Program
Latest program updates
BC Hydro is refining the Standing Offer Program Rules to re-affirm the program’s original spirit and intent, while ensuring that the amount of energy acquired fits with BC Hydro’s outlook for future electricity needs.
Update: April 26, 2013
Update: March 26, 2013
Going forward, BC Hydro is limiting the participation of clustered projects that exceed 15 MW, introducing an option to extend commercial operation dates by up to two years, and extending the wait period for projects with terminated EPAs from three years to five.
BC Hydro has now published updated versions of the Standing Offer Program Rules, Standard Form EPA and Application Form. The revised documentation can be reviewed on the Documents page.
Also see our new FAQs which provide questions and answers regarding these changes.
Program designed for projects with a maximum capacity of 15 MW
The Standing Offer Program encourages the development of clean or renewable power projects of no more than 15 megawatts throughout British Columbia.
The program streamlines the process for small developers selling electricity to BC Hydro, simplifies the contract and decreases transaction costs for developers while remaining cost-effective for rate payers. The Standing Offer Program supports the principles and policies set out in the 2007 BC Energy Plan
The Standing Offer Program Rules [PDF, 1.8 MB] explain the eligibility requirements, the payment price offered by BC Hydro for electricity delivered under the Standing Offer Program, the interconnections requirements, and the application process.