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B.C. will not mandate electric-run LNG plants

BOE Report, The Canadian Press, January 16, 2014

VICTORIA – B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett says the government won’t force oil and gas companies that plan to develop liquefied natural gas plants in the province to use electricity in their operations.

Massive wind farm planned near Sooke could power 75,000 homes

Andrew Duffy, Times Colonist, October 4, 2013

If TimberWest has its way, the forest company could generate enough electricity to power between 70,000 and 75,000 homes by 2017 with dozens of wind turbines in the Sooke area.

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.

Province, Hydro face off over rate increase

Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, Sept 12 2013

Top bureaucrats can 'grind' utility some more on proposed 26 per cent rate hike, minister says

BC Hydro forecasts 'massive' rate increases

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, September 11, 2013

Energy Minister Bill Bennett says efforts are underway to reduce potential 26-per-cent hike

Vaughn Palmer: $750-million surrender on energy-trading infractions triggers political spin cycle

Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, August 27 2013

VICTORIA — When a U.S. regulator ruled earlier this year that B.C. was guilty of hundreds of infractions in selling electricity to California, the government was quick to discount the finding as a temporary setback.

Powerex pay out doesn't add up

 Keith Baldrey, Vancouver Courier, August 22 2013

And that’s what the B.C. Liberal government did last week with a bolt from the blue announcement that it was ending its decade-long fight with the state of California and electrical utilities there over whether B.C. Hydro acted legally when it sold power to the state in 2000 and 2001.

BC Hydro’s draft Integrated Resource Plan released for consultation

News Release, BC Hydro, August 23 2013

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister responsible for Core Review, is directing BC Hydro to release its draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and undertake a final round of consultation with First Nations, key stakeholders and the public.

Coast to coast, a power grid stretched thin

Shawn McCarthy & Josh Kerr, Globe & Mail, Aug 14 2013

Faced with rising demand and aging infrastructure, Toronto Hydro is spending $184-million to install a transformer just south of the CN Tower to keep the lights on and air conditioners humming along the city’s lake shore.

California attorney general announces $750M refund from Canadian utility Powerex

Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013

In the biggest refund yet from the California energy crisis, a government-owned Canadian utility today agreed to a $750 million settlement with state officials and the state's largest utilities.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces $750 Million Settlement Stemming from California Energy Crisis

Press Release, Kamala Harris, California Attorney General, August 16 2013

SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a $750 million settlement with Powerex over claims arising from the 2000-2001 California energy crisis. The vast majority of the settlement money will go to ratepayers of California’s largest utilities.

BC Hydro's Powerex agrees to settlement in California claims

Tiffany Crawford & Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun,  August 16, 2013

VANCOUVER - Powerex, the electricity trading subsidiary of BC Hydro, has reached a $750 million out of court settlement related to an electricity dispute with California that began more than a decade ago.

B.C.’s financial honeymoon ends with Columbia River Treaty anniversary

Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, June 17, 2013
 

VICTORIA — As newly appointed cabinet minister for BC Hydro, Bill Bennett inherited the provincial share of an emerging challenge in Canada-U.S. relations.

Energy portfolio could blow up in Clark’s face

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Jun 02 2013

VICTORIA — Premier Christy Clark will announce her new cabinet on Friday: Pity the new energy minister who has to find a credible way to power all her liquefied natural gas ambitions, while managing a gaping financial hole in BC Hydro’s books.

B.C. vows to continue fight over costly U.S. ruling on power sales to California

Canadian Press, Times Colonist, Feb 22 2013

VICTORIA - The massive, energy windfall British Columbia pocketed more than a decade ago at the expense of power-starved Californians has sparked an ongoing high-voltage legal case that currently has an arm of Crown-owned BC Hydro potentially owing hundreds of millions of dollars.

B.C. defends Powerex in California price-fixing complaint

CBC News, Feb 21, 2013

B.C. taxpayers could end up refunding Californians millions in electricity sales

The B.C. government and official opposition are defending a BC Hydro subsidiary that is accused of manipulating energy prices during the California energy crisis more than 12 years ago.

In New England, a Natural Gas Trap

Matthew L Wald, New York Times, Feb 15 2013

Electricity prices in New England have been four to eight times higher than normal in the last few weeks, as the region’s extreme reliance on natural gas for power supplies has collided with a surge in demand for heating.

The demise of coal-fired power plants

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post, November 23 2012

In SALEM, Mass. — Peter Furniss, the fair-haired chief executive of Footprint Power, gives a tour of the aging coal and oil plant that towers over sailboats in this historic harbor.

Natural gas a better choice than Site C dam

Rick Koechl & Mike Kroecher, Times Colonist, August 3, 2012

Hydro power will cost about six times as much as new gas-fired generator

Manipulation of California energy market gives consumers a jolt

Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2012

The next time your electricity bill prompts you to curse your local utility, here's another target where you should direct your anger:

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.

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.

Rising electricity prices have little to do with renewable energy

Tim Weis, TheStar, May 5 2012

While spring in Ontario has yet to bring much rain, there’s been no shortage of mudslinging over rising electricity prices. But there’s more to it than critics of renewable energy would you have you believe: new data helps to clarify how prices are linked more to nuclear power than clean energy programs.

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.

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