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The Non-Integrated Areas (NIA) department within BC Hydro operates, maintains and manages all aspects of energy supply (generation, distribution & customer service) in 18 communities in 10 remote BC locations that are not currently connected to the BC Hydro integrated electrical system. It also provides new service to remote communities through the Remote Community Electrification (RCE) program. The electricity supply to each non-integrated community serviced by BC Hydro is produced by a generating station in or near the community. Approximately 5,100 residential and 1,200 commercial customers are served either by BC Hydro’s own generating stations or independent power producers and a further 1,000 residents in many new remote communities will be added over the next 8 years.

Fifty percent of the electricity supply in the NIA is produced from hydro electric generation, and the rest from diesel generation facilities. The diesel generating stations and one hydro electric station and associated system facilities are operated and maintained by NIA staff.

In the locations which have a standby diesel station, BC Hydro purchases required energy from an Independent Power Producer (IPP).

Business Overview - Vision, Mission, and Values

BC Hydro NIA department vision is to be recognized as a provider of sustainable, cost effective, reliable, safe electricity while enabling NIA communities to become more economically, socially and environmentally self-sufficient.

The mission of NIA is to deliver utility service to existing NIA communities and to bring in 30 – 40 more Remote Communities through the RCE program.

In striving to fulfill this vision and mission, NIA will be guided by the values of safety, accountability, integrity, service and teamwork.

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Generation

Non-Integrated Area Generating Stations

Prime/Standby Owner Energy Source # of Stations Forecase Annual MWh's
Prime BC Hydro Diesel 6 52,000
Prime BC Hydro Hydro 1 10,500
Prime IPP Hydro 4 50,800
Standby BC Hydro Diesel 4 4,800

Total Annual Generation Forecast - Hydro - 61,300 MWh
Total Annual Generation Forecast - Diesel - 56,700 MWh

NIA major assets include 50 diesel generating units (stationary and mobile) capable of providing approximately 47 MW total of primary and standby power. Diesel generating units range in size from 160 kW to 2.8 MW. NIA also has 2 hydro generating units at Clayton Falls near Bella Coola rated at 2MW.

NIA has energy purchase agreements (EPA) with 4 IPP’s located in Ocean Falls/Bella Bella/Shearwater, Dease Lake, Sandspit/Queen Charlotte City/Tlell and Atlin.

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Distribution

NIA also operates and maintains the distribution systems of 10 remote locations in BC.  These 3 phase systems operate at a primary voltage of 12kV or 25kV. A total of approximately 578 km which includes two submarine cable crossings make up the 9 isolated distribution systems.

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Remote Community Electrification (RCE) Program

The goal of the RCE program is to provide appropriate electrical service to all remote communities, who are interested in receiving service from BC Hydro, on an equitable basis. Currently there are about 30-40 remote communities throughout BC that have been identified as potentially eligible remote communities. As many of these are aboriginal communities, BC Hydro has and will continue to work closely with representatives of these remote First Nation communities to create a program that will meet their needs as well as BC Hydro’s.

The BC Hydro RCE program was established in 2006 to implement the guiding principle of Electrifying Remote Communities.

The RCE program’s prime objective is to provide reliable, safe, cost effective electric utility service in all willing and eligible remote communities by 2017. 

The other RCE program objectives are:

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