Small Hydro Power in British Columbia

by Peter Sandland, Energy Mines & Resources Canada, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


Water Power '87 will be held in the Pacific Northwest. British Columbia is also part of this region and, as such, is also one of the homes of hydro power. To date, we have carried out a number of much publicized major hydro projects for supply of power, both domestically and for export. BC's small and micro hydro power resources is huge and largely untapped. The B. C. office of Energy, Mines and Resources Canada has initiated several measures to help people living in remote 'off grid' communities to better understand the benefits of small hydro and to assist them with planning and building the project. Some projects have been built with assistance from the Federal and Provincial demonstration programs; but there are many installations that were not. Some of these stories are very interesting and several will be presented. The paper reviews the policy environment in B. C. , and describes initiatives taken locally by the Government of Canada and by private concerns.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Power plants | Project management | Construction management | Local government | Public policy | Power supply | Energy measurement | Canada | British Columbia

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