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Power generation in BC

  • Hydroelectric
    Hydroelectric power is generated by the force of falling water that turns huge magnets. Hydroelectric energy makes up about 90% of the BC’s overall electricity output. Low production costs and zero greenhouse gas emissions make this type of energy something we will rely on far into the future.
  • Fossil
    Power plants that run on oil, gas or coal are called fossil plants because the fuels they burn were formed from the remains of prehistoric organisms. BC has limited fossil fuel generation. Existing and new generation will have a requirement to offset or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Renewables
    Wind and solar powered electrical power generation are considered eco-friendly because they make use of a renewable energy source that will never be used up and won’t create harmful greenhouse gases. Other sources of green power generation include geothermal (using heat energy from the earth) and tidal (harnessing ocean waves and currents). Although these types of power generation are still rare, we may see them used more widely as technological advances help us find new ways to tap into these sources of energy.
  • Biomass
    Power generation from biomass converts the energy stored in living things into electricity. It can be considered green when this is done efficiently or uses waste product. Biomass energy is often derived from forest waste, such as sawdust or beetle-killed timber, or from agricultural plant and animal waste. Electricity generated by burning methane gas produced by garbage landfills is also considered eco-friendly because it is better to burn landfill gas and put it to work than to vent it directly to the atmosphere.

Environmental impact 

BC’s electricity sector takes its responsibility to the environment very seriously. Specialists are called in to ensure that we follow all environmental laws and minimize our impact on the atmosphere. Projects are designed so they will protect fish and wildlife and have the smallest ecological footprint.

More and more effort is being made to use power more efficiently and educate consumers on how to conserve energy. We also make a positive impact when BC sells its surplus electrical power to other regions that might otherwise rely on more polluting energy sources.

Everyone working in the electrical sector makes a commitment to help preserve the environment and help out in the following areas:

  • Ecosystem protection
  • Energy and resource use efficiency
  • Pollution prevention
  • Community relations

The world is changing and we all need to do what we can to help save the planet. Reducing waste by using energy more efficiently is a major goal. In a lot of cases technology is the solution. If you’re a green technology expert, new opportunities are opening up for you.

The Future of Electricity in BC is Your Future!

Green is the colour of your future…and British Columbia is committed to doing its part to help save the planet by putting a stop to global warming. Reducing waste through energy conservation is a big part of the answer. This means that cutting-edge expertise will be needed to help the province create green technology solutions. Eco-specialists such as Energy Efficiency Evaluators will be in big demand, helping homes and businesses take advantage of advances like smart metering and new energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems. By joining the electricity sector, you can make a positive difference.

Your future will also see improvements in construction techniques as BC rolls out new energy efficient building standards. If you are up to speed in green construction you could be busy working on new projects and retro-fitting older buildings and homes. Power generation facilities will also be upgraded to make them more efficient and green technology experts will be leading the charge. In a similar vein, a new shift towards small-scale electricity production will spell big opportunities for people who design, build and install small power generation systems such as rooftop solar collectors and windmills.

Upgrades to the power grid will mean great work opportunities. Increased computer control of power transmission and distribution systems will require people who understand the technology, software and electronics behind these new systems. Staying ahead of the curve is important and the electricity workers of tomorrow will need to constantly fine-tune their expertise as technology breakthroughs change the industry. For example, advanced systems that allow data transfer along electrical power increasingly look like the answer for connecting rural and remote areas to the Internet.

As people become more environmentally aware, electric and hybrid cars will become more common. Fuel-cell technology is gaining momentum and the people who know how to maintain and repair electrical engines and energy storage systems are becoming hot property. Public transit is seeing an ongoing shift from fossil fuels to electricity. As a result, electricity consumption patterns will change, and this needs to be studied and planned for by utilities such as BC Hydro, who builds the grid. Engineers, Project Managers and Operations Managers will be on the front lines of this green revolution. The skill, creativity and ingenuity of many talented people will be required to build this sustainable energy future. Maybe you will be one of them!

Greening the Grid

BC has always shown a strong commitment to renewable energy, with around 90% of power generated from hydro-electric dams. But we’re always trying to do more. A new commitment to clean, renewable energy sources means we’ll be seeing more projects that use bioenergy, geo-thermal energy, tidal, run-of-river, solar and wind power.

Move Over, Baby!

Baby boomers are retiring in record numbers and this is creating opportunities for up-and-coming electricity workers. In fact, the future has never looked so bright for new recruits! The first wave of new talent is already learning the ropes from experienced pros who are nearing retirement. Eager new workers are taking advantage of this and fast-tracking their careers in order to fill the void.


Safety is #1 

Safety is always the FIRST priority and we make sure everyone sticks to the plan. Staying focused and aware is the key. Everyone is responsible for not only their own personal protection, but also for the safety of their co-workers and the public. And it feels good to know that you and your co-workers are always looking out for each other!

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