Residential Electricity

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—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.

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. 

The Province 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.

Additionally, to improve infrastructure while keeping electricity rates as low as possible, the B.C. government has created a 10 Year Plan for BC Hydro.

Municipal Utilities

Although BC Hydro and FortisBC are the main public utilities in B.C., there are five B.C. municipalities that have their own utilities, and sell electricity directly to their customers.

Fuel Switching

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