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Clean power plays big role in B.C.'s climate plan

Generator cap for Mica unit No. 6 shows workers and crane sling during installation in May 2015
The hydroelectric generator is at the heart of B.C's clean energy advantage, and is one of the reasons B.C.'s latest Climate Leadership Plan calls for increased use of clean power for the likes of vehicles and industrial operations in the province.

Climate plan relies on clean power to reach 2050 carbon reduction targets

The B.C. government has unveiled the Climate Leadership Plan, which it says will create 66,000 jobs over the next 10 years, and reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 million tonnes below current forecasts by 2050.

The plan's initial 21 action items include making electric vehicles more affordable and buildings more energy efficient. The government is also targeting sequestration opportunities in our forests and emission reductions in our natural gas production and processing.

BC Hydro's electricity generation was 98% clean for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2016. And the plan calls for 100% of the additional electricity acquired by BC Hydro to be from renewable or clean sources, except where concerns regarding reliability or costs must be addressed.

The government's Climate Leadership Team recommended 100% of the province's electricity be generated by renewable or clean resources by 2025 – an increase from the 93% requirement, with allowance for natural gas generation for reliability.

The plan calls for emissions to be reduced further as subsequent actions are introduced, putting B.C. on course to achieve its 2050 target of an 80% reduction in emissions from 2007 levels.

Learn more about the Climate Leadership Plan

B.C. Hydro's role in reducing carbon emissions

As B.C.'s population and economy grow, BC Hydro is on track to meet two-thirds of the expected growth in electricity demand through conservation. And our ace in the hole is clean power, which last year accounted for 98% of our electricity generation.

Electric vehicles play an emerging role in the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy, and BC Hydro has helped increase electric vehicle adoption by installing DC fast-chargers - 30 so far and many more planned - across B.C. Driving electric vehicles makes much more sense in B.C. than in regions across North American where electricity is primarily generated by coal or other fossil fuels.

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