Why is B.C. the ideal home for low-carbon fuel producers?

A forward-thinking environment for forward-thinking businesses

With low-cost power, business-friendly policies, and unique funding opportunities across the project lifecycle, British Columbia is a highly desirable location to produce low-carbon fuels such as hydrogen, e-fuels, and biofuels.

From reducing project siting costs and grid connection times to improving access to skilled labor and markets, low-carbon fuel producers choose British Columbia (B.C.) for many reasons:

  • Available power: our generation capacity will increase by 1,100 MW to 13,100 MW in 2025, ensuring a steady supply of energy with capacity earmarked for low carbon fuel producers
  • Clean, renewable sources: 98% is from hydroelectricity
  • Low cost: discounted industrial rates for clean fuel producers, the third-lowest in North America
  • Industrial sites: a portfolio of qualified properties already connected to our integrated grid
  • Large industrial cluster: B.C. is an innovation hub, home to prominent clean-tech businesses and strong local demand for low-carbon fuels
  • A highly-skilled labor force: save time and costs in design and construction with an established, local talent pool

To meet the high demand for low-carbon fuels, BC Hydro is taking bold steps to reduce setup and operational costs for businesses. We are offering support to help eligible businesses  with connection studies, project costs, and industrial fuel switching.

BC Hydro's unique funding, available until 2026

BC Hydro's limited-time offer helps to reduce:

  • setup costs for select high-load, industrial businesses looking to electrify and establish low-carbon fuel production operations in B.C.
  • the cost to electrify industrial businesses already in B.C., which includes building and fleet electrification

Our expert team will guide eligible businesses on how to access BC Hydro funding and identify potentially stackable provincial, federal, and other funding programs.

Other funding sources

Reduce capital costs and time to connect

With a range of pre-qualified sites already connected to our integrated grid, as well as abundant freshwater resources, businesses can save on project development capital costs and get connected to our grid faster. The province is also home to a highly-experienced technical workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to reduce design and development costs.

BC Hydro provides expert support for businesses looking to set up operations in our coverage regions. Our team can help reduce risks by evaluating site suitability, simplifying the siting process, and streamlining permitting for existing sites.

Available industrial sites

BC Hydro works collaboratively with our partners to identify suitable industrial sites already connected to our integrated grid. Eligible businesses work with us to identify available industrial sites that match their specific project needs, reducing costs and time to connect.

Available electrical capacity

BC Hydro is currently in a surplus position, and we will be increasing our generation capacity by over 9% to 13,100 MW in 2025. Low-carbon producers in B.C. can count on sufficient capacity for reliable, clean-load growth into the future.

Save on operational costs

By choosing B.C. as an operating base for hydrogen production, businesses benefit from predictable, low energy costs as well as a favorable economic climate.

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Power demand: 50,000 KW3

Consumption: 30,600,000 kWh/month

Voltage: 120 kV

Load factor: 85%

1. Source: Hydro-Québec 2022 and BC Hydro 2022.
2. These bills have been estimated by Hydro-Québec and may differ from actual bills.
3. Customer-owned transformer.
4. In CAD ¢/kWh

Full listing of available energy rates in North America

Clean, renewable power

BC Hydro's grid transmits 98% clean, renewable electricity that can be used to produce low-carbon intensity green hydrogen. By starting with clean energy, the carbon intensity of the entire value chain is significantly lowered. Hydroelectricity is a more predictable and consistent source of power, independent of weather and seasonality.

Stable, reliable electricity

B.C's integrated grid offers stable, reliable power to the entire province. Our system consists of 30 hydroelectric plants and a network of over 49,710 miles (80,000 kilometers) of power lines.

Naturally abundant fresh water

B.C. has a naturally abundant supply of fresh water for the production of hydrogen, removing the need for upstream water treatment thereby reducing project cost and complexity.

Established supply chain and robust infrastructure

Businesses in B.C. benefit from extensive transportation, pipelines, and telecommunications networks. We collaborate with logistical partners to enhance productivity and increase resilience to supply chain disruptions.

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Act now, funding is available through 2026

Contact us to find out if your operation is eligible for a portion of the CAD$52 million in funding available.

Our experts can advise you on rates, funding opportunities, available industrial sites, and the full benefits of choosing the west coast of Canada as your base of operations.

Secure clean, low-cost energy for years to come—choose British Columbia and BC Hydro.