British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority

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British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority

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BC Hydro was created in 1962 when the BC government merged the recently nationalized BC Electric Railway Co. with the BC Power Commission in order to have a utility large enough to undertake massive hydroelectric developments on the Peace and Columbia rivers. When the province acquired BC Electric it took possession of a gas company and a variety of transit lines. BC Hydro began shedding these operations in 1979; by the end of the 1980s it was purely an electrical utility. In 2003 the province created a separate company, BC Transmission Corporation, to operate Hydro's transmission assets. In 2010 Hydro and BCTC reconsolidated into a single company. BC Hydro is the largest of the provincial crown corporations and third largest electric utility in Canada, delivering electricity to more than 94 percent of the province's population. The corporation generates power primarily from hydroelectric generating stations around the province; the rest is produced at steam, gas turbine and stationary diesel plants. It is regulated by the BC Utilities Commission.


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Revised PW/KH 2017-06-22




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