The decision is being supported by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.
"This very timely announcement will have huge implications for our province," said John Winter, President and CEO. "LNG extraction is a home grown industry which will now be able to expand beyond current power restrictions to create jobs in BC and increase exports abroad."
Winter argues that B.C. Hydro does not currently have the capacity to power any of the proposed LNG plants – as confirmed by Premier Clark when she said all of the power generated by the proposed Site C dam would be needed – and allowing LNG plants to produce their own power will keep electricity rates low.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Clark says even with Site C, there will not be enough power to meet the demand made by the plants.
"The benefits of this decision extend beyond our own borders," adds Winter. "By promoting Liquefied Natural Gas as a coal replacement for foreign markets, BC can help reduce the carbon footprint of major consumers such as China with this much cleaner fuel."