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Long-term electricity planning

A plan to meet B.C.'s future energy needs

An integrated resource plan is a guidebook for what, when, why and how to meet customers’ evolving electricity needs. Our 2021 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) was submitted to the B.C. Utilities Commission in December 2021 for their review. 

Learn about our 2021 IRP

Past plans

On November 15, 2013, we submitted the plan to the Government of B.C. and it was accepted on November 25.



Appendices: Chapter 1

Appendices: Chapter 2

Appendices: Chapter 3

Appendices: Chapter 4

Appendices: Chapter 5

Appendices: Chapter 6

Appendices: Chapter 7

Appendices: Chapter 8

Note: There are no appendices for this chapter.

Appendices: Chapter 9

On June 12, 2008, BC Hydro filed the 2008 Long-term Acquisition Plan (LTAP) Application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), and the BCUC decision was released on July 27, 2009.

On March 29, 2006, BC Hydro filed the 2006 Integrated Electricity Plan (IEP) with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), and the BCUC decision was released on May 11, 2007.

The 2004 IEP consists of several parts, which have been produced separately. 


A brief summary of the main points from each of the full-length reports.

Part 1: Introduction and planning objectives

An overview of the electricity planning process and the main factors that shape the outcomes, such as government policies and objectives.

Part 2: Demand-supply outlook

A review of current sources of electricity, projected demand (including programs to limit demand, such as Power Smart) and the balance between the two.

Part 3: Resource options

A review of the options available to meet projected electricity needs over the next 20 years, including power generated in B.C., imports and transmission system upgrades.

Part 4: First Nations and Stakeholder Engagement

A report on steps taken by BC Hydro to provide information to and obtain input from First Nations and stakeholders.

Part 5: Portfolio evaluation process

A description of the process used to develop portfolio options that meet the future electricity requirements of BC Hydro's customers. This process is then used to evaluate the performance of these portfolios against the planning objectives of the IEP and to test them against a number of future uncertainties.

Part 6: Portfolio evaluation results

A description of the portfolios and results of the portfolio evaluation. In addition, portfolios are tested for a number of sensitivities and scenarios.

Part 7: Action plan

The Action Plan identifies specific actions that BC Hydro will take between April 2004 to March 2008 to realize the objectives of the 2004 IEP. The objectives are to provide reliable, least cost electricity supply in an environmentally responsible manner. BC Hydro uses the Action Plan in assigning work plans and priorities from year to year.