What is this engagement about?
The BC Hydro Standing Offer Program (SOP) has been indefinitely suspended. The SOP was launched in 2008 to provide independent power producers an opportunity to develop small-scale renewable energy projects. However, BC Hydro has a surplus supply of electricity which is expected to continue into the 2030s. The surplus means there is no need for new electricity supplies for the foreseeable future.
Many Indigenous Nations in British Columbia have expressed interest in developing or partnering on clean energy projects under the SOP. The Province remains committed to reconciliation with Indigenous Nations.
The purpose of this engagement process is to talk with Indigenous Nations about if/how the suspension of the SOP may affect the economic interests of individual Indigenous Nations, and to explore alternate opportunities to meet those interests.
How can my contribution make a difference?
The Province invites all Indigenous Nations and organizations in BC to take part in this engagement process. We welcome any information Indigenous Nations and organizations would like to provide related to the potential impacts of the SOP’s suspension.
The comments and the information we receive now will help us determine the next steps in the engagement process.
Details of the Consultation:
Date: February 14, 2019 to February 28, 2020
Location: Province wide
Category: Natural Resources