News Release, BC Hydro, February 15, 2012
George Gibson, theCanadian.org, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
By Paul Willcocks, Trail Daily Times, November 10, 2011
When B.C. Hydro reported a profit of $447 million last year, you probably thought the Crown corporation took in more money than it spent.
Nope. On that basis, Hydro lost $249 million.
Media Release, COPE 378, November 9, 2011
Energy, public policy experts urge government action to save BC Hydro
Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Nov. 03, 2011
While the B.C. government was busy with what now stands as the province’s worst example of government communications on a major public policy – selling the harmonized sales tax – it discouraged BC Hydro from distracting the public with a sales job of its own.
JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, Oct. 27, 2011
VICTORIA— BC Hydro is keeping rates artificially low by funnelling billions of dollars in expenses into deferral accounts, the province’s auditor general says.
Editorial, Vancouver Sun, October 29, 2011
Let's be clear - B.C. Auditor-General John Doyle's latest report on BC Hydro is not about a dispute over arcane accounting rules.
Auditor General of BC, October 2011
This report examines the implications of BC Hydro's use of rate-regulated accounting, which allows BC Hydro to establish deferral accounts into which it can "defer" expenses to future years.
Rich Coleman and Vaughn Palmer, Voice of BC, Oct 27, 2011
Minister of Energy, Mines and Housing talks to Vaughn Palmer about an array of interesting topics about electricity, natural gas, shale gas, mining, smart meters, carbon neutrality, deferral accounts, BC's GHG.
By Marvin Shaffer, Vancouver Sun, October 25, 2011
BC Hydro will lose millions supplying new mines and LNG facilities; losses that will be passed on to consumers
By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, October 24, 2011
Smart meters emerge as a policy Waterloo for the Liberals and could become nails in Premier Christy Clark’s political coffin.
By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, October 21, 2011
Energy-trading arm claims clean-energy exemption for U.S. power supplier is discriminatory
By Scott Simpson and Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun, October 20, 2011
New position with Jim Pattison Group too good to pass up, he says
Dave Cobb is stepping down as president and CEO of BC Hydro to take a job with the Jim Pattison Group, less than 17 months after he joined the Crown utility.
Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Oct. 10, 2011
VICTORIA— The industrial mega projects that provide the backbone of Premier Christy Clark’s jobs plan will require a huge increase in British Columbia’s electricity capacity – the equivalent of nearly three new Site C dams.
BC Hydro, Oct 6, 2011
About independent power projects
Since the 1980s, BC Hydro has been acquiring power from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to help meet its customers' electricity needs. IPPs develop and operate power projects using sources such as wind, water, biomass and waste heat, among others. IPPs include companies that specialize in power production, municipalities, First Nations and customers, working alone or in partnership.