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Natural gas resource planning

Long term resource planning prepares for the future. We look at trends in energy policy, market technologies, regional growth and customer demand to develop strategies that meet the energy needs of our customers, now and in the future.

Below you’ll find information on our integrated resource plan, also called the Long Term Resource Plan (LTRP) and how it’s created.

What is FortisBC’s Long Term Resource Plan?
The LTRP is our road map for securing safe, reliable and cost-effective energy resources to meet our customers’ energy needs. The LTRP looks ahead 20 years to identify energy supply requirements, infrastructure needs and demand side management opportunities. The plan then examines the resource options available to FortisBC, including the amount of energy supply we can feasibly acquire through conservation and energy management programs. The LTRP defines objectives to assess and evaluate the available resource options to determine the best overall outcome for our customers. The plan concludes with an action plan for ensuring delivery of safe, reliable and cost-effective energy to our customers.
Why does FortisBC develop an LTRP?

Developing a resource plan is required by the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) and plays an important part in our overall strategic planning.

As demand for energy grows in the regions we serve, we need to evaluate all potential resources to deliver secure, reliable and cost-effective energy. These include:

The LTRP sets in place the initiatives we’ll engage in to meet our customers’ energy needs and to help them reduce their energy consumption, energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

How does FortisBC develop the LTRP?

We develop the LTRP in consultation with our stakeholders and in accordance with the BCUC’s resource planning guidelines. We conduct an in-depth, research-based examination of energy supply conditions, demand projections and resource acquisition alternatives that exist to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective energy to our customers. Specific components of the plan include:

  • a discussion of the policy and market environment
  • forecasts of our annual and peak demand over the next 20 years
  • a long term outlook on energy savings that can be achieved through conservation and energy management
  • recommendations for system reinforcements to meet anticipated annual increases in peak demand along with potential new sources of demand from industrial sources and natural gas for transportation applications
  • other planning activities to provide secure, reliable and cost-effective supply for customers over the long term
  • a short term action plan to identify the steps required to implement, acquire or construct the resources described in the LTRP

The LTRP also looks at larger issues that affect how we deliver energy to our customers, including:

  • trends and technologies in natural gas production and transportation
  • trends and technologies in alternative and renewable energy
  • expected future demand and system capacity
  • conservation and energy management initiatives to help meet government objectives for a clean energy supply
Stakeholder engagement and recent stakeholder activities

Connecting with customers, communities, First Nations and stakeholders on long range planning issues is important to us. Our stakeholders include customers, associations, builders, developers, gas suppliers, gas marketers, government agencies, municipalities and other utilities. Our Statement of Aboriginal Principles ensures our business operations are conducted with respect for Aboriginal social, economic and cultural interests.

We plan a number of opportunities for stakeholder input into the LTRP:

  • The Resource Planning Advisory Group (RPAG) is a technical working group that engages members from municipalities, government, First Nations, customer associations and environmental organizations in developing the LTRP. This group of energy industry experts, relevant government and First Nations participants and other key stakeholders meets regularly during the planning process to discuss important energy issues affecting utility long term resource planning.
  • Community consultation workshops throughout BC offer opportunities for stakeholder feedback on resource planning. Email irp@fortisbc.com to be added to our mailing list for these community consultation workshops.
Information on the latest LTRP

​2017 Long Term Resource Plan

We submitted the 2017 Long Term Resource Plan to the BCUC on December 14, 2017. The 2017 LTRP includes:

  • a discussion of the policy and market environment that informed the LTRP
  • forecasts of our annual and peak demand over the next 20 years
  • a long term outlook on energy savings that can be achieved through energy efficiency and conservation
  • recommendations of system reinforcements to meet anticipated annual increases in peak demand along with potential new sources of demand from industrial sources and natural gas for transportation applications
  • other planning activities to provide secure, reliable and cost-effective supply for customers over the long term
  • a short-term action plan to identify the steps required to implement, acquire or construct the resources described in the LTRP

Read the 2017 LTRP and appendices, including an executive summary and action plan highlighting the key issues and recommendations to allow us to continue providing safe, reliable and cost-effective natural gas delivery services over the next 20 years.

Regional planning

​We’re a member of the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA), a trade organization that serves the Pacific Northwest natural gas industry. The NWGA is made up of six natural gas utilities and three transmission pipeline companies serving communities throughout Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

Northwest Regional Natural Gas Outlook

Since we operate in a regional market for natural gas and natural gas distribution, our long term resource planning process is impacted by activities in this regional market, among other economic and political forces. The NWGA provides outlook reports on regional natural gas market trends. Released annually, the Natural Gas Outlook is a detailed examination of expected natural gas demand, supply availability and prices in the Pacific Northwest region. The Natural Gas Outlook offers unique insight, representing a consensus view of the regional natural gas market from industry participants directly serving Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. 

For more information about our LTRP and related resource planning and stakeholder consultation activities, please email irp@fortisbc.com.