The business practices listed below provide policy and procedures for doing business with BC Hydro and include specific detail and/or clarification on the implementation of the Open Access Transmission Tariff.
While these govern, transmission customers should also refer to NAESB and WECC for business standards and regional criteria, which we follow in most, but not all, respects.
View our transmission customer business practices
- Short-term business practices
- Settlements and billing
- Long-term business practices
- Supplemental documents and customer registration forms
Making changes to these practices
Typically, new business practices and/or significant modifications to existing business practices will be posted for transmission customers to comment upon within a designated two-week period. If a transmission customer proposes significant modifications to a business practice during this process, which are acceptable to BC Hydro, the business practice will be further amended and posted again for a one-week comment period.
Transmission customers’ comments and/or our responses will be posted for transparency, as deemed appropriate. If no transmission customer comments on the proposed modifications, the amended business practice will be finalized and become effective shortly after the comment period concludes.
Stay informed about our business practices by subscribing to automatic email notifications and by referring to the posted bulletins.
Short-term business practices
|Becoming a BC Hydro Transmission Customer [PDF, 422 KB]
||2022 Sep 1|
|TTC / ATC [PDF, 289KB]||2022 Aug 3|
|Posting of Transmission Service Offerings [PDF, 652 KB]
||2022 Sep 1|
|Submitting a Short Term Transmission Service Request [PDF, 446 KB]||2022 Sep 1|
|Intra-Hour Scheduling of Transmission and Energy [PDF, 293 KB]||2022 Sep 1|
|Processing of Short-Term Point-To-Point Transmission Service Requests [PDF, 239 KB]||2022 Aug 3|
|Redirect of a Transmission Reservation [PDF, 226 KB]||2022 Aug 3|
|Resale Transfer and Consolidation of Transmission Rights [PDF, 207 KB]||2022 Aug 3|
|Submitting Energy Schedules [PDF, 311 KB]||2022 Sep 1|
|Processing of Energy Schedules [PDF, 363 KB]||2022 Sep 1|
|Curtailment of Transmission and Energy [PDF, 428 KB]||2022 Sep 1|
|Ancillary Services [PDF, 395 KB]||2022 Sep 1|
|Network Economy [PDF, 345 KB]||2022 Sep 1|
|Settlements and Billing Business Practice [PDF, 289 KB]
||2022 Sept 1|
|Conditional Firm Service (CFS) [PDF, 302 KB]||2023 Feb 06|
|Submitting a Long-Term Transmission Service Request [PDF, 392 KB]
||2022 Oct 12|
|Processing of Long-Term Point-to-Point Transmission Service Requests [PDF, 400 KB]||2022 Oct 12|
|Long-Term Firm Point-To-Point Partial Service [PDF, 403 KB]||2022 Oct 12|
|Rollover Rights of Long-Term Transmission Service [PDF, 241 KB]||2023 Feb 15|
|Designation of New Network Resources [PDF, 99 KB]||2022 Oct 12|
|Open Season [PDF, 390 KB]
||2022 Oct 12|
|Performance Metrics and Penalties - Study for Transmission Service Requests [PDF, 317 KB]
||2022 Oct 12|
Supplemental Documents and Customer Registration Forms
Ancillary Services Election Form*
updated 2022 May 12 [PDF, 62 KB]
A Transmission Customer must complete this form to inform BC Hydro which Ancillary Services it will purchase from BC Hydro, per Rate Schedules 05 – 08, prior to the commencement of service requested.
Pursuant to Section 3 of the OATT, Ancillary Services are needed with transmission service to maintain reliability within and among the Balancing Authorities affected by the transmission service.
|Shipper's Declaration Form *
updated 2013 Aug 13 [PDF, 16 KB]
The Eligible Customer must complete this form if it intends to export energy from Canada to the United States or Mexico.
Through this Form, the Eligible Customer is declaring that the property is being shipped for export from Canada within the meaning of the Canadian Excise Tax Act Sections 1 or 15.2 of Part VII of Schedule VI; and that the freight transportation service supplied by the carrier (BC Hydro) is part of a continuous outbound freight movement within the meaning of the Canadian Excise Tax Act Section 7 of Part VII of Schedule VI.
An Eligible Customer must complete and return a Shipper’s Declaration form to qualify for GST zero-rated transmission charges on electricity exports. Refer to BC Hydro’s Settlements & Billing Business Practice for further information.
|Supply of Losses Election Form *
updated 2013 Dec 9 [PDF, 194 KB]
The Eligible Customer must complete this form to elect to self-supply or purchase transmission losses from BC Hydro.
Per Section 15.7 of the OATT, real power losses are associated with all transmission service and it is the Transmission Customer’s responsibility to replace losses as calculated by BC Hydro. The Transmission Customer may elect to self-supply losses per Rate Schedule 10 or purchase Loss Compensation Service from BC Hydro per Rate Schedule 09.
|Sworn Statement *
updated 2010 Dec 1 [PDF, 110 KB]
The Eligible Customer must complete this form as part of the registration process to confirm that it does not have any affiliates that own, control or operate any transmission facilities.
If the Eligible Customer has affiliates that own, control or operate any transmission facilities, it will need to declare them in Section 3 of the Umbrella Agreement.
|Voluntary Disclosure Posting Form *
updated 2021 Apr 7 [PDF, 70 KB]
|This consent form enables BC Independent Power Producer’s (IPP) Non-Public Transmission Function Information (NPTFI) to be shared between BC Hydro’s Transmission Function Employees (TFEs) and BC Hydro’s Marketing Function Employees (MFEs) on an ongoing basis to meet BC Hydro’s operating, planning, and monitoring requirements.|
updated 2022 May 12 [PDF, 134 KB]
|This document lists the Key Contact information of BC Hydro offices and service desks for Transmission Customers.|
|BC Hydro Customer Contact Information Form * [XLS, 28 KB]
New Transmission Customers must complete this form to notify BC Hydro about their contact information as part of the registration process.
Existing Transmission Customers should use this form to update their contact information should it change.
|Canada Energy Regulator (CER) Permit *||
The CER permit must be obtained by the Eligible Customer if it intends to export energy generated from Canada to the United States or Mexico. Please contact the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) at (403) 292-4800 or via its website https://www.cer-rec.gc.ca/.
Note that Per Section 5.3 of the OATT, BC Hydro may refuse to provide transmission service to facilitate the export of electricity from Canada if BC Hydro has not been supplied with a copy of the exporter’s permit or license issued by the CER.
|BC Hydro Transmission Service Request Form
updated 2022 May 12 [PDF, 99 KB]
|Form for requesting Transmission Service should OASIS be unavailable as bulletined by BC Hydro.|
|BC Hydro eTag Fax Request Form
updated 2022 May 12 [PDF, 51 KB]
|Form for requesting Transmission Service should the energy tagging system be unavailable as bulletined by BC Hydro.|
|Dynamic Scheduling Transmission Fax Request Form
updated 2022 May 12 [PDF, 149 KB]
|Form for requesting Transmission Service should OASIS be unavailable as bulletined by BC Hydro|
updated 2011 Mar 2 [PDF, 9 KB]
Pursuant to Section 29.2(h) of BC Hydro’s Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT), the Network Customer must attest to each of the designated Network
Resources identified in OASIS before commencement of service.
* Forms that typically applies to new Point-to-Point customer registration
The agreements page includes additional documents