Explore how natural and human-made features work together to generate electricity and power lights across B.C.
Students explore natural features such as mountains and water, and human-made features like dams, learning how these work together to create clean electricity in B.C. Through an interactive story, students learn how falling water creates electricity powering our province. The activity is rounded off with local pictures of hydroelectric dams in B.C., including the traditional territories of the Indigenous Peoples.
More than 90% of BC Hydro's generation is produced by hydro electric generation, which is generally the most cost-effective, clean and reliable option. BC Hydro also continues to investigate alternative sources of energy, such as wind and wave power.
BC Hydro generates over 43,000 gigawatt hours of electricity annually to supply more than 1.9 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers.
Over 80% of BC Hydro's installed generating capacity is at hydroelectric installations in the Peace and Columbia river basins.
BC Hydro generates power by harnessing the power of moving or falling water to produce mechanical/electrical energy. This power is delivered using an interconnected system of over 73,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution lines.
The power is generated as follows:
For more information, read How power is generated.
Explore dams in the Columbia Region, Peace Region, Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland: Find your dam.
Build a working model of a watershed and see how water is collected and moves through a dam to generate electricity.
Plant a herb in a pot and learn about how to keep the air clean in our community.
Power down your classroom and get energized outside.
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