Energy Utility Demand-side Management (DSM)

Utilities and the B.C. Government have worked together to ensure a coordinated approach to conservation and efficiency is actively pursued in British Columbia: 

  • The 2007 BC Energy Plan set an ambitious conservation target (50% of electricity demand growth) and encouraged utilities to offer cost effective and competitive demand-side management (DSM) programs to their customers.
  • The 2010 Clean Energy Act reaffirmed utilities' mandate to offer demand-side measures to consumers, a BC Energy Objective. This includes displacing 66% of BC Hydro’s increase in demand via demand side management initiatives.
  • The Ministry sets guidelines for the evaluation of the cost effectiveness of DSM programs using the Demand-Side Measures Regulation.
  • The Guide to the DSM Regulation (PDF) provides a detailed overview of those guidelines.
  • The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) reviews and approves the expenditure applications of all public utilities (including FortisBC and BC Hydro).