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Les Leyne: Hydro policy changes are bewildering

Les Leyne, Times Colonist, Dec 7 2013

Next time a cabinet minister confidently outlines the government’s vision of the future, keep B.C.’s electricity policies in mind.

BC Hydro watchdog decries power project exemption

Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2013

Provincial government pulls two projects from utility commission scrutiny

An energy watchdog group is alarmed by a government decision this week to exempt two major BC Hydro transmission projects from review by the B.C. Utilities Commission.

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.

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.

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

Major BC Hydro Transmission Project Dealt Another Blow

News Release, Nlaka'pamux Nation Tribal Council & Okanagan Nation Alliance, February 4, 2011

British Columbia Utilities Commission Rules that First Nations Not Consulted

BCUC find consultation was not adequate with certain First Nations with respect to the Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Project

BC Utilities Commission
in the matter of
British Columbia Transmission Corporation
Reconsideration of the Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Project


February 3, 2011

Jaccard: Clean energy hangs in the balance of power

MARK JACCARD, Vancouver Sun, June 4, 2010

British Columbia's proposed clean energy act has triggered extreme statements pro and con.

"Great, because our elected representatives are taking responsibility for electricity policy."

"Disastrous, because it reduces utilities commission control over BC Hydro."

Sun Editorial: Public interest not served by limiting utilities regulator

Editorial, Vancouver Sun, May 13, 2010

Responsible governance demands that when voters are going to hold the government politically accountable for the actions of an agency that provides a public service, whether it is ferries, health or utilities, the government needs to have the levers in place to exercise some political direction over that organization.

Natural gas marketers lose bid to open B.C. market

SCOTT SIMPSON, Vancouver Sun, February 24, 2010

Utilities commission also denies request to include ad material in Terasen bill statements

The British Columbia Utilities Commission has shot down a bid by natural gas marketers to widen their access to the B.C. residential gas market.

First nations dispute route for power transmission line

By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, January 11, 2010

Consultations among BC Hydro, British Columbia Transmission Corp. and first nations along a key 255-kilometre power line route are an outright failure and need to start all over again, the B.C. Utilities Commission heard Monday.

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