Today, Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister
responsible for Core Review, directed BC Hydro to release its draft
Integrated Resource Plan (the IRP) to the public and carry out
another round of public consultation with the public, stakeholders
and First Nations.
The draft IRP provides a 20-year outlook of how BC Hydro expects
to reliably and cost-effectively meet the anticipated future
electricity needs of the province through conservation and
acquisition of sufficient generation and transmission resources.
The Clean Energy Act (the Act), which was introduced in
2010, obligated BC Hydro to submit an IRP by December 2, 2011 or
within 18 months of the Act coming into force. The BC government
first extended the due date for the IRP in May 2011 to allow BC
Hydro to incorporate findings from a government review.
BC Hydro released an initial draft of the IRP for public
consultation in May 2012. The BC government subsequently
announced on November 2, 2012 that it would delay the submission of
BC Hydro's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to Cabinet until
August 3, 2013 – three months after the provincial election
– due to uncertainty of electricity requirements for
prospective liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in northern
BC Hydro submitted the revised draft IRP to Minister Bennett on
August 2, 2013. At the Minister's direction today, BC
Hydro has made the draft IRP available for review here. BC Hydro will carry out
consultations from September 3 to October 18 and re-submit the plan
to government by November 15.
The draft IRP includes a lengthy list of recommended
actions. A few notable recommendations include:
Focus on conservation initiatives and aim to save 7,800
gigawatt hours of energy per year by 2021 – equivalent to a
75% reduction in new electricity demand.
Build the Site C hydroelectric project, as analyses of
alternative portfolios demonstrate that Site C provides the best
combination of financial, technical, environmental and economic
development attributes and is the most cost-effective way to serve
long-term capacity demands.
Manage costs associated with its current portfolio of
electricity purchase agreements (EPAs) and select the most
cost-effective plan to meet customer needs by reviewing independent
power projects not yet in commercial operation and renewing
Although it has adequate energy to meet the initial electricity
requirements of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities (about 3,000
gigawatt hours per year) until fiscal 2021, BC Hydro should explore
clean or renewable supply options and be prepared to advance a
clean energy procurement process as required to meet LNG power
needs that exceed existing and committed supply.
Advance reinforcement of the existing 500 kV transmission line
from Prince George to Terrace to support BC Hydro in its ability to
serve energy needs from the emerging LNG industry in Northern
More information about the IRP can be found on BC Hydro's IRP website.
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