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Clean energy exports lose steam

By Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012

Two years after the B.C. Liberals pushed BC Hydro to develop clean energy for export, the drive is all but dead, a victim of the changing economics of the North American electricity market.

Who's pulling Hydro's 'compliance' strings?

By Elizabeth James, North Shore News, May 30, 2012

"You know, maybe in a 1970s British sitcom it makes sense to buy power at $60 to $100 (per megawatt hour) and sell it at 20 cents to $17.60, but it certainly doesn't make sense for the people of British Columbia."

Adrian Dix, Hansard, 14 May, 2012

BC Hydro finances kept hidden

By Keith Baldrey, Surrey Now, May 29, 2012

There's a part of government that is spending gargantuan amounts of money, yet operates beyond the scrutiny normally applied to such operations.

BC Hydro looks to hydro, gas units to service LNG, mining projects

Rodney White, Platts, 29May2012

Washington -- Faced with "considerable" increases in electricity demand caused in large measure by pending LNG and mining projects, British Columbia's BC Hydro suggested Monday it may have to use more natural gas to produce power.

B.C. families to benefit from lower BC Hydro rates

NEWS RELEASE, Ministry of Energy and Mines, May 22, 2012

VANCOUVER – Minister of Energy and Mines Rich Coleman today announced the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has been directed by the provincial government to reduce BC Hydro’s rate increases over three years by 50 per cent. This is consistent with last year’s BC Hydro review.

Booming natural-gas sector ignites debate over BC Hydro service

JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, May 20, 2012

VICTORIA — Newcomers to British Columbia’s natural-gas sector may be denied access to BC Hydro’s electricity services as the province looks to curb costs for Hydro’s current customers.

Hydro awash in private power

By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, May 11, 2012

B.C. Producers running flat out

After a bumper year for precipitation in the Pacific Northwest, BC Hydro stations around British Columbia are sitting idle while independent power producers run flat out.

Mercer International seeks NAFTA ruling on Hydro's electricity pricing policies

By GORDON HAMILTON, Vancouver Sun, May 1, 2012

Pulp company Mercer International has filed a $250 million claim against Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement claiming it is being placed at a competitive disadvantage by BC Hydro.

Site C open house marked by protest

Sean Assor,, April 18 2012

Anti-Site C protesters once again made their voices heard, as they gathered outside a B.C. Hydro public meeting last night. At Tuesday evening’s Project Definition Consultation and information session at the Pomeroy Hotel, a group of over ten protesters clearly demonstrated their views on the project to organizers and those in attendance.

Price of progress

Katelin Dean, Alaska Highway News, April 10, 2012

If it moves forward, Site C's construction will have a big impact right inside Fort St. John.

Something you might not know about BC Hydro rates

Geoff Plant, The Plant Rant, Feb 22, 2012

The usual job of a utilities commission is to protect consumers from high prices that might otherwise be charged by monopoly service providers. The utility asks for an X% increase, and the regulator gives it something less. So it was more than a little interesting when the BC Utilities Commission decided last week to increase electricity rates by nearly twice as much as BC Hydro had asked for (7.1% instead of 3.9%).

BCUC issues ruling on F2013 interim rates

News Release, BC Hydro, February 15, 2012

Power Failure: BC’s Clean Energy Act on Shaky Ground - Part 1

George Gibson,, Feb 18 2012

The following is the first in a two-part series by geologist and concerned British Columbian George Gibson examining the failed private power model in BC.


Political showdown looms for Site C

Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, February 16, 2012

The proposal to build a hydroelectric dam at Site C on the Peace River is getting a big boost from Premier Christy Clark, who says power from the estimated $8-billion project will be critical to the long-term development of a liquefied natural gas industry.

Four communities switch to Hydro grid

By Kim Pemberton, Vancouver Sun February 10, 2012

Four B.C. first nations com-munities that were relying on diesel generation for their power will be converting to electrical as part of BC Hydro's new smart meter program.

Natural gas fuelling new economic opportunities

News Release, Premier's Office, Feb 3 2012

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark today announced British Columbia's natural gas strategy will be established on a foundation of four priorities for long-term economic prosperity under the BC Jobs Plan.

Clark softens approach to sustainability as part of B.C.'s new energy strategy

By Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun, February 3, 2012

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark is making over her predecessors approach to energy self sufficiency to help make way for a significant expansion in the production of liquefied natural gas.

B.C. abandons self-sufficient energy plan

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Feb. 03, 2012

Victoria — British Columbia will abandon its current commitment to move the province back to a position of energy self-sufficiency, Premier Christy Clark is announcing today.

The watered-down version of the policy is being rolled out as part of a new energy strategy aimed at fuelling a new liquefied natural gas industry.

California clean air regulations could “wipe out” Hydro’s export revenues

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, January 4, 2012

California’s new carbon cap-and-trade regulations, which came into effect Jan. 1, will require BC Hydro’s power exporting arm to buy costly carbon credits on its energy exports beginning in January, 2013, likely wiping out Hydro’s primary export market and increasing the cost of electricity to B.C. consumers in the process, a B.C. energy economist said Tuesday.

Smart meters an uncontrolled experiment on public health in B.C.

By Geoff Olson, Courier, December 8, 2011

Lab rats right to call for referendum

This week, The City of North Vancouver called on the provincial government to halt plans to install smart meters or allow the program’s inspection by the B.C. Utilities Commission. In California, 43 cities, towns or counties have publicly opposed the devices, with 11 jurisdictions banning them outright. Are civic leaders bowing to pressure from paranoid Luddites, or are they wising up to a multibillion-dollar boondoggle that’s outfitting homes with fry-and-spy devices? Or is the answer huddling somewhere in between the contending claims?

Scientists slam Nelson office closure

By Greg Nesteroff, Nelson Star, November 28, 2011

More than 40 scientists and land management professionals have signed a letter to BC Hydro​ protesting the closure of the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program’s Nelson office.

Burning trees for energy puts Canadian forests and climate at risk

Greenpeace, November 2, 2011

Greenpeace released a science-based report today that highlights the dangers of the large-scale use of wood and tree harvesting for heating, electricity generation or liquid biofuels. The report, entitled ‘Fuelling a Biomess’, argues that burning woody biomass on an industrial scale could severely harm Canada’s public forests and further contribute to the global climate crisis.

Burning wood waste for energy not entirely a clear-cut call

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, November 5, 2011

Debate continues over use of forest debris to develop bioenergy industry

Forest management in British Columbia is coming under scrutiny as the province's drive to develop a bioenergy industry moves into the beetlekilled pine stands of the central Interior.

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