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Most electricity in B.C. is generated from a clean and renewable source. Most comes from river water, but a lot also comes from forest biomass, wind and landfill gas. Geothermal heat—or energy that comes from heat deep under the ground—is also being explored in B.C.
Communities play an important role in efficient and sustainable energy use and supply. As such, strong community leadership in energy planning, energy efficiency, and clean energy is necessary to meet our province’s future energy needs, and to achieve B.C.'s vision of a low-carbon economy.
Improved energy efficiency helps B.C.'s households, businesses and institutions save money, be more competitive and have a better quality of life. It is also the cleanest way to meet increasing demand for energy. Energy efficiency is good for our natural environment and is one of the lowest-cost ways to reduce B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Transportation fuels power our economy and the daily lives of British Columbians. In 2014, the province used 436 petajoules of energy moving people and products – over 20 times the power that will be provided each year by the Site C Clean Energy Project.
Innovative clean energy solutions are critical to meeting British Columbia’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and are important contributors to serving other clean energy and environmental interests both locally and abroad.