Although it’s been a long, cold, wet winter in B.C., with a higher than normal snowpack, there is an upside. When all of that snow and ice melts, as it has now started to do, reservoirs around the province will be more than refilled. That means B.C. might just be able to generate as much electricity as we use this year, which is unlike most of the past decade in which we’ve been net importers of electricity.
However, this raises an important question: If we require a significantly higher than normal snowpack in order to meet the province’s electricity needs, then we obviously lack the capacity to meet the province’s electricity needs in normal years. That’s not good.
Getting back to energy self-sufficiency, as was the case in decades past, needs to be a top priority for this province.