Distribution system connections

Locating an operation in British Columbia (B.C.) requires a connection to the B.C. electrical grid for both greenfield sites or industrial sites with an existing service connection. If the site requires a major distribution service connection, the process will be similar to what is described below.

Major distribution service is for connections greater than 5,000 kW in a 25 kV service area or 2,500 kW in a 12 kV service area.

Aerial view of the spillway at Seven Mile Dam.
Seven mile spillway

Connecting to BC Hydro's electrical grid

The process, costs, and timelines to connect to our grid will differ for each site and operation. A typical process for connecting to our major distribution services is outlined below.

Clear blue water flowing downstream.

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