Independent Power Projects

Independent Power Projects (IPPs) are typically water, wind, or biomass energy projects that are developed by independent power producers to supply power to BC Hydro. Under legislation enacted in 2006, the Province took on the authority to regulate and/or restrict the development of IPPs on crown lands.

While local governments are no longer able to deny any approvals to a power project or negotiate community benefits through land use zoning, the SLRD maintains some regulation and oversight through temporary use permits and building permits. 

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