Electricity & Residents

B.C. generates most of its electricity by harnessing the power of flowing water, a clean and renewable source. The rest comes from forest biomass, wind, natural gas, and landfill gas. Geothermal energy—or energy that comes from heat deep under the ground—is now also being explored in B.C.

The Clean Energy Act defines clean and renewable sources of energy. It sets an objective to have at least 93% of the electricity generated in British Columbia come from clean or renewable resources.

The Province is responsible for legislation, policies and programs to generate and transmit power that is reliable, cost effective and clean or renewable. It also provides direction to BC Hydro under the Hydro and Power Authority Act, giving BC Hydro the authority to generate and distribute electricity to consumers, businesses, and the other utilities in B.C.

BC Hydro and FortisBC are the main public utilities in B.C. Some municipalities, such as New Westminster and Nelson, have their own utilities and sell electricity directly to their customers.