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Province's Clean Energy Act limits B.C. Hydro power options, Site C dam critics told

Dene Moore, Canadian Press, Times Colonist, December 10, 2013

FORT ST. JOHN — British Columbia's groundbreaking Clean Energy Act has limited the options available to the province's Crown utility corporation for expanding the power grid, the chairman of an environmental review panel pointed out as critics demanded answers about the utility's plans to build a third hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.

Deconstructing BC Hydro's Rate Increase

Marvin Shaffer, CCPA Policy Notes, September 14th, 2013

When the government imposed its Energy Plan on BC Hydro it never bothered to estimate the costs (or for that matter the benefits) of what it hoped to achieve. Ardent supporters of that Plan, like my good friend Mark Jaccard, constructed scenarios under which it would make sense to force BC Hydro to buy more power than it needed, but no one was forecasting those scenarios to materialize — certainly not BC Hydro, the BCUC, the union representing BC Hydro workers or any ratepayer group.

A wolf lurks at edge of IPP ‘green’ projects

Gwen Barlee, Vancouver Sun, September 17, 2012

When I was growing up my mother used to warn me to look out for a wolf in sheep’s clothing. What she meant was to be cautious about people and situations that are not what they seem. This idiom aptly applies to the issue of independent power projects (IPPs) in British Columbia.

Critics launch court action, release e-mail scathing B.C.’s environmental assessment process

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 23, 2012

B.C’s environmental assessment process is so flawed it cannot hope to fill the void created by the federal government walking away from assessments of almost 500 projects, critics charged Wednesday, while launching court action and releasing a scathing internal government email.

Carbon boondoggle robs poor to fuel rich

Brian Kieran, Monday Magazine, August 16, 2012

Government spin is usually merely tedious. However, on occasion it slips into a deceptive state and that is where B.C.’s much-lauded “carbon neutral” status resides today.

BC Government kills Feed-In Tariff program

BC Hydro, June 22 2012

In light of efforts to minimize electricity rate increases, the B.C. Government is not planning to proceed with the implementation of a British Columbia Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Regulation at this time.

The Regulation would require BC Hydro to establish a FIT program in accordance with the Clean Energy Act.

Clark declares natural gas ‘green energy’ as long as it’s used for LNG

By GORDON HAMILTON, Vancouver Sun, June 21, 2012

Premier Christy Clark said Thursday that natural gas is to be declared a source of clean energy as long as it is used to support the development of a new liquefied natural gas industry in British Columbia.

BC Hydro needs government policy changes

By Marvin Shaffer, Vancouver Sun, June 7, 2012

Though presented as part of its effort to protect families, the government's recently imposed cap on BC Hydro rate increases will not help British Columbians - families or otherwise. The cap on rates does nothing to reduce costs. At best it provides a short-term gain, but sooner or later BC Hydro will have to increase rates to match the increase in its costs.

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.

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.

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

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.

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Government Pulls the Plug on Private River Power Projects

Gwen Barlee, Wilderness Committee, 06Feb2012

The BC government’s announcement last Friday that it is axing BC Hydro’s electricity self-sufficiency and insurance requirement should dramatically reduce the demand for private power projects and keep scores of wild rivers out of pipes.

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.

Too many parallels to HST debacle in smart meter rollout

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.

Auditor General sounds alarm over BC Hydro accounting

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.

Hydro ploy may hike costs for users

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.

BC Hydro: The Effects of Rate-Regulated Accounting

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.

Cheap power comes at a price

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

Liberals’ dumb response to smart-meter opposition could prove their Waterloo

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.

Liberals think we're not the brightest bulbs

By Paul Willcocks, Times-Colonist, October 5, 2011

Smart meters were expected to be a big deal at the UBCM meeting in Vancouver.

The surprise was Solicitor General Shirley Bond's bombshell revelation that the federal government had issued a takeit-or-leave-it final offer for a new 20-year RCMP contract.

Dumb introduction and smart meters

Les Leyne, Times Colonist, October 01, 2011

Premiers are always looking for a crowd-pleasing stunt for the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.

Four years ago, Gordon Campbell came up with smart meters.

It seemed like a natural. People love home electronics, don't they?

UBCM delegates vote to suspend smart meter program

CBC News, September 30, 2011

[Excerpt] - Delegates at [the 2011 UBCM] convention in Vancouver also voted narrowly in favour of moratorium on BC Hydro Smart Meters, 55 per cent in favour and 45 against.

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