BC Hydro`s primary business activities are the generation and distribution of electricity. Transmission of that electricity is facilitated by the BC Transmission Corporation on behalf of BC Hydro and other power providers in B.C. BC Hydro endeavours to provide energy solutions to its customers in an environmentally and socially responsible way by balancing British Columbians` energy needs with the concerns of the environment. Through the efficient and reliable supply of electricity, BC Hydro supports the development of British Columbia and has constructed a world-class integrated hydroelectric system.
The new Clean Energy Act consolidated BC Hydro and BC Transmission Corporation, as of July 5, 2010, to provide a single entity that plans and delivers the clean energy required to meet British Columbia's growing demand for electricity while fostering job creation throughout the province and helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
About our facilities:
BC Hydro operates 31 hydroelectric facilities and three thermal generating plants, totaling 12,000 megawatts (MW) of installed generating capacity. Our hydroelectric facilities provide over 95 per cent of the total electricity we generate and are located throughout the Peace, Columbia and Coastal regions of B.C. Our three thermal generating plants provide the remaining electricity generation.
We deliver electricity to our customers through a network of over 18,500 kilometres of transmission lines and 57,648 kilometres of distribution lines. This network also includes approximately 300 substations, 900,000 utility poles and 325,000 individual transformers. The system connects with other transmission systems in Alberta and Washington State, which improves the overall reliability of our system and provides opportunities for trade.
A crown corporation
BC Hydro reports to the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, whose energy policies are laid out in the 2007 BC Energy Plan. Several elements and targets included in that plan were updated in the Clean Energy Act of 2010.
BC Hydro's vision is 'Powering B.C. with clean, reliable electricity for Generations'. This vision provides the context for our business decisions
BC Hydro has six core values essential to the company's success:
- Safety – keep safety first in mind, heart and action
- Accountability – take ownership, be decisive and move forward
- Teamwork – One Hydro – make it happen together
- Integrity – do the right thing
- Service – proud of our service
- Ingenuity – create resourceful solutions
BC Hydro has become a leading sustainable energy company by producing and delivering electricity, in environmentally and socially responsible ways. BC Hydro is looking at a number of ways to meet increased demand for energy in British Columbia. Our goal is to have the most economic and environmentally friendly resource acquisition program in North America in the next five years. The first and best way to meet our future electricity needs is through conservation and energy efficiency. Through its Power Smart program, BC Hydro is a global leader in conservation, providing programs and incentives to encourage customers to use less power.