BC Electric Market Overview Central Asia Delegation 30 January 2013 Doug Robinson Canadian Entity Secretary BC Hydro - Generation. Doug Robinson, Canadian Entity Secretary. Canada Facts. Population: ~ 34.3 million 10 Provinces, 3 Territories. Confederation: 1 July 1867
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Note that the river basins generally run North / South… more connections with the U.S. than with Alberta.
BC Generation boundary.
90% Hydro (many with significant storage)
10% Thermal (Natural Gas)
Low cost and flexible!
10% Hydro (many with limited storage)
9% Natural Gas
3% OilBC’s Electric System is Unique
Hydro Project boundary.
High initial cost
Low operating cost
Energy limited and variable![~10,000 GWh variation!]
Fast starting / stopping / ramping
Hydro is Flexible!
Lower initial cost
High operating cost
Generally not energy limited
Slow starting / stopping / ramping
Emissions vary with fuel and process
Hot machinery is not!Hydro vs Thermal Generation
Forecast uncertainty boundary.
Depressed prices in freshet