Residential Electricity

British Columbia 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, solar, and landfill gas. Geothermal energy—energy that comes from heat deep under the ground—is also being explored as another source of clean energy in B.C.

Guiding Documents & Legislation

The Province is responsible for legislation, policies and programs to generate and transmit power that is reliable, cost effective and clean or renewable.

Electric utilities in British Columbia are regulated by the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) under the Utilities Commission Act.

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

Under the Hydro and Power Authority Act, BC Hydro has the authority to generate and distribute electricity to consumers, businesses, and the other utilities in B.C.

Government is undertaking a review of BC Hydro in order to keep rates affordable and ensure BC Hydro can support the Province's CleanBC plan.

Fuel Switching

Clean BC is encouraging residents to explore energy programs and make the switch to electric power in their homes and vehicles.