British Columbians have consistently called for an energy system that is independent, low-impact and as affordable as possible.
For many decades, the province has benefited significantly from the abundant and affordable supply of hydroelectricity provided through dams built by BC Hydro between the 1920s and the 1980s. Demand now significantly exceeds these aging sources of supply. […]
Wind energy is the ideal complement to B.C.’s existing hydro-dependent electricity system. B.C.’s wind energy resources produce more electricity in winter, when demand for power is at its highest and there is less water available to generate hydroelectricity. Better yet, we have the potential to integrate 6,000 MW of wind-generated electricity at minimal cost within BC Hydro’s existing and planned hydroelectric facilities, so wind-generated power is available when it’s needed. In fact, combining new wind energy resources with B.C.’s heritage hydroelectric resources will create a stronger hybrid electricity system better suited to the needs of the province than the system in place today.
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