BRITISH COLUMBIA’S CLEAN ENERGY SECTORS
Run-of-River hydroelectric (ROR hydro) projects generate electricity by using part of natural stream flows and natural elevation differences found in mountainous regions like British Columbia.
British Columbia’s best solar energy resources are located in the northeast and southern interior of the province, with additional potential in areas along the southeast coast of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
BC Hydro has identified 16 prospective geothermal sites in the province, with the six most likely prospects having an estimated geothermal potential of over 1,000 megawatts collectively.
Hydroelectricity is British Columbia’s largest source of electric power generation. Hydroelectric projects in British Columbia are typically located in remote areas or smaller communities.
Over 600 million cubic meters of pine has been eradicated by the Mountain Pine Beetle to date. Much of that wood is unsuitable for high-value forest products. A successful biomass program will assist in recovering merchantable and non-merchantable fiber, thus advancing the regeneration of BC’s forests.
Tidal energy plants will be made up of arrays of individual generators in suitable high-current areas. Each tidal energy device is designed use the energy in the tidal stream flows to drive a generator to convert it to power.
Two wave energy projects have received provincial ICE funding: SyncWave Energy Systems and the Pacific Coastal Wave Energy Corp. Both projects are located off the west coast of Vancouver Island.