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Can British Columbia Achieve Electricity Self-Sufficiency and Meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard?

Amy Sopinka, Gerrit van Kooten and Linda Wong

No 2012-07, Working Papers from University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group

Abstract: British Columbia’s energy policy is at a crossroads; the province has set a goal of electricity self-sufficiency, a 93% renewable portfolio standard and provincial natural gas strategy that could increase electricity consumption by 2,500-3,800 MW. To ascertain the reality of BC’s supply position, we model the physical characteristics of BC’s hydroelectric generating system introducing variable head heights for the two dominant power stations. Using historical inflow and reservoir level data, we apply our linear programming model to investigate whether BC is capable of meeting is self-sufficiency goals under various supply and demand scenarios

Keywords: hydroelectric; power generation; variable head; drought (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q25 Q42 Q47 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2012-09
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