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All operators of existing or planned hydrogen, ammonia or methanol manufacturing facilities in British Columbia are required to apply for permits from the BC Energy Regulator.

The Energy Resource Activities Act (ERAA), which the B.C. government brought into force on Sept. 1, 2023, included an expanded mandate and regulatory authority for the BC Energy Regulator (BCER) and established a requirement that operators of hydrogen, ammonia and methanol production facilities in the province hold a permit issued by the BCER or operate under the terms of an order issued by the BCER.

Persons or companies currently producing hydrogen, ammonia or methanol who have not previously been in contact with the BCER, or potential future operators of hydrogen, ammonia and methanol production facilities, are required to contact the BCER directly to discuss the regulatory framework and process for submitting permit applications under the Energy Resource Activities Act.

You can learn more about our approach to regulating hydrogen production here.

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