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Feb. 27, 2007 Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources ELECTRICITY, ENERGY CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENCY
The BC Energy Plan: A Vision for Clean Energy Leadership puts British Columbia at the forefront of
environmental and economic leadership in our energy policies. The Plan outlines the steps required for
all stakeholders – including industry experts, environmental agencies and the people of British
Columbia – to develop realistic and achievable goals for conservation, energy efficiency and clean
Ensure self-sufficiency to meet electricity needs by 2016, plus “insurance” power to supply
unexpected demand thereafter.
Maintain public ownership of BC Hydro (BCH) and its heritage assets, and the BC
Transmission Corporation (BCTC).
o BCTC will ensure the transmission technology and infrastructure remains at the leading
edge and has the ability to deliver power efficiently and reliably to meet growing
Extend the BCH heritage contract in perpetuity to ensure ratepayers will continue to receive the
benefits of low-cost electricity.
All new electricity generating facilities constructed in British Columbia will be required to
achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions.
By 2016, existing thermal generating power plants will achieve zero net greenhouse gas
Require zero greenhouse gas emissions from any coal thermal electricity facilities.
Establish a standing offer contract for clean electricity or high efficiency electricity
cogeneration projects less than 10 megawatts to help expand B.C.’s clean energy supply.
o The contract price will be based on the prices paid in the most recent BC Hydro energy
Ensure clean or renewable electricity generation continues to account for at least 90 per cent of
o These include sources of energy that are constantly renewed by natural processes, such
as large and small hydroelectric, solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, wood residue and
energy from organic municipal waste.
Continue to support electricity trading opportunities and allocating trade revenue to BC Hydro
ratepayers to keep electricity rates low.
No nuclear power. -more- -2Conservation and Energy Efficiency
Set an ambitious target to acquire 50 per cent of BC Hydro's incremental resource needs
through conservation by 2020.
Support utilities and the BC Utilities Commission to pursue all cost-effective demand side
o Encourage utilities to design rates to encourage efficiency, conservation and the
development of renewable energy.
Implement cost-effective energy efficiency standards for new buildings by 2010.
o Undertake a pilot project for energy performance labeling of homes and buildings in
co-ordination with local and federal governments, First Nations and industry
o Increase participation in the Community Action on Energy Efficiency program and
expand the First Nations and Remote Community Clean Energy program.
o Construct new provincial public sector buildings with the highest standards for
greenhouse gas emission reductions, water conservation and other building performance
results such as a certified standard.
Develop an industrial Energy Efficiency Program to address specific challenges faced by the
province’s industrial sector.
-30- For more information or a copy of The BC Energy Plan: A Vision for Clean Energy Leadership, visit
http://energyplan.gov.bc.ca on the Internet.
contact: Jake Jacobs
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Energy, Mines and
250 952-0628 For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province’s news feeds using RSS,
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