With access to both the Pacific Ocean and a vast network of mighty rivers, the province of British Columbia harnesses this power to generate over 90% of its total electricity generation. Many of the hydroelectric facilities can be found in the Columbia River Basin in Southeastern B.C., where 40% of the province’s electricity is generated. While B.C. does not have tremendous solar potential, ahead only of Newfoundland and the Yukon, it has strong wind potential, particularly for offshore wind along the north coast.
The crown corporation, BC Hydro, manages electricity in the province. While it generates most of the province’s electricity, independent power producers generate about 20% of the electricity needs and will continue to be key players in the future.