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Help plan B.C.'s electricity future, online and at workshops

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Integrated Resource Plan began by forecasting future electricity demand

Although British Columbians are doing more than ever to conserve electricity, B.C.'s overall electricity use is expected to continue to increase by about 50 percent over the next 20 years.

That's why we must plan now to ensure future generations can enjoy clean and reliable power.

BC Hydro has developed the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), a strategy for how we're going to meet B.C.'s growing demand for electricity over the long term. We encourage you to provide your feedback on the draft IRP by filling out an online feedback form or by attending one of our upcoming regional open houses.

There's also a separate stream of First Nations consultation, including a series of regional workshops this summer.

What's in the plan?

“As we considered how to meet B.C.'s future electricity needs we asked three basic questions,” says Randy Reimann, director of resource planning with BC Hydro. “How much electricity will British Columbians need over the next 20 years; what is the gap between supply and demand; and how can BC Hydro close the gap?”

BC Hydro began by forecasting how much electricity B.C. will need in the future. And that's no small task.

Not only do we need to forecast the total amount of energy customers will need in any given year, we also need to consider peak demand periods, such as seasonal or daily peaks. BC Hydro must ensure its system has enough capacity to meet customers’ needs on even on the coldest, darkest days.

Forecasting demand allowed us to determine the gap between how electricity our existing resources can supply, and how much electricity will be needed.

We then looked at different options on how to close the electricity demand gap.

The first and best way to meet B.C.’s growing demand for electricity is through conservation and energy efficiency.  Other options include:

  • Buying more renewable energy from power producers across the province
  • Reinvesting in our current infrastructure
  • Exploring new resource options

"Input received through consultation was considered along with technical, financial, environmental and economic development input as we evaluated options and drafted recommended actions,” says Reimann.  “The next step is to consult on our draft recommended actions this spring before we finalize the plan for delivery to government this fall."

We want to hear from you online

Learn more and provide your feedback on the draft IRP by viewing consultation materials and fill out out an online feedback form.

See the consultation materials and access the online feedback form.

You can also attend one of the following regional open houses:

  • Prince George, June 5
  • Fort St. John, June 6
  • Vancouver, June 12
  • Terrace, June 14
  • Victoria, June 20
  • Webinar, June 25 and 26

Check your local newspaper or our spring 2012 consultation page for more details about times and locations of the open houses.

Get detailed information on  First Nations consultation.