Connect to our grid
Build low-carbon facilities and achieve your ESG targets by powering your business with renewable energy generated by water.
Minimize operational downtime by connecting to our resilient, integrated grid.
Unique integrated electric utility providing end-to-end services to help you establish clean, sustainable operations in B.C.
B.C. is best
British Columbia offers a competitive business environment and outstanding quality of life. It's the ideal location for your energy-intensive business because we have:
98% clean, renewable power with over 12,000 MW of hydroelectric generating capacity
A dedicated BC Hydro team helping energy-intensive businesses get established in B.C.
Focused funding and incentives for clean tech and high tech companies new to the province
Discover the advantages of locating in B.C.
By locating in B.C., your business gets access to low-cost, reliable and clean hydroelectricity, right where it's generated. You'll benefit from:
B.C. connects the Asia-Pacific region to North America. Setting up here gives you access to world markets and you can quickly get products to key North American customers as part of an integrated supply chain network using:
- Three Class I railways
- Five main airports
- Four primary international seaports
Operations in B.C. also benefit from uninterrupted high-speed communications systems.
More than 2.4 million skilled, multi-lingual workers live in B.C. Many of them attended the world-class post-secondary institutions that are in the province.
You'll have access to this workforce and these people will help your business embrace innovation, keeping you competitive both locally and globally.
The favourable business environment in B.C. leads to reduced operating costs for businesses thanks to:
- Low electricity rates
- A competitive tax environment
- A triple-A credit rating
- A diversified economy
- Streamlined regulations
- Combined income tax rates at 27% (among the lowest in the G7)
B.C. outperformed all other Canadian provinces in inflation and employment growth. And labour, utility and facility costs are lower compared to other North American locations.
With the highest technology sector growth rates in Canada, B.C. is home to more than a quarter of Canadian clean technology companies in the following sectors:
- Water and waste management
- Carbon capture use and sequestration
- Clean transportation
- Data centres
- Energy management
- Efficiency and storage
- Fuel cells
- Synthetic fuels
B.C. is a great place to live and work. The beautiful, natural environment and rich, vibrant culture are visible in every community, and the wide range of activities make the province attractive to the talented employees you want to hire.
Comparison of electricity prices1
Average prices on April 1, 2021
Discounted industrial rate
B.C. Standard rate
San Francisco, CA2
Power demand 50,000 kW3
Consumption 30,600,000 kWh/month
Voltage 120 kV
Load factor 85%
1. Source: Hydro-Québec 2021 and BC Hydro 2022.
2. These bills have been estimated by Hydro-Québec and may differ from actual bills.
3. Customer-owned transformer.
4. In CAD ¢/kWh
Existing industrial sites with available capacity
We're establishing a registry of available industrial sites to help new operations find a suitable location in B.C. Save time, reduce costs and minimize environmental impact when you choose a shortlisted, brownfield site that is already connected to the grid.
Check back for updates and fill out the form below to connect with us.
Opportunities for existing industrial site owners
Do you have an underutilized industrial site with available land, electrical infrastructure and transmission capacity?
Here's our offer
Until 2026, we're offering up to $50 million in study funding and incentives to attract new business and investment to B.C.
We're looking for clean technology companies such as hydrogen production, carbon capture, synthetic fuel production or data centres that require at least 2.5 megawatts of electrical capacity. After filling out the form below, we'll get in touch to discuss your business needs, electricity rates, incentives and additional funding eligibility requirements.
Tell us about your energy needs
Our team of experts is ready to discuss your business needs. We can help you anticipate electricity rates and identify incentives available to you.
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