The BC Utilities Commission, which regulates the province’s electricity rates, has announced it will issue its decision in BC Hydro’s rate review process on Friday, January 20, 2017
The BC Government is more than willing to offer a reduced electricity rate to the LNG industry but resist giving a break to the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Anti-poverty advocates call for BC Hydro to implement an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor
The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is intervening on behalf of seven organizations in this rare opportunity to ask the BCUC to order BC Hydro to implement programs for low income residential ratepayers including a discounted rate for electricity, low income customer rules, and a crisis intervention fund.
Poverty advocates criticize Hydro for number of service disconnections June 10, 2016 | frank Stanford | CFAX 1070 Link to original article The Together Against Poverty Society is outraged by the sharp growth in number of households being disconnected by B-C Hydro for non payment of bills. TAPS representative TonyRead more
BC Hydro Disconnections Spiked Significantly after Smart Meters Installed Meters made it possible for utility to unplug power remotely, says spokesperson. June 9, 2016 | Andrew MacLeod | TheTyee Link to original article In the years following the introduction of smart meters, BC Hydro disconnected about six times as manyRead more
BC Lags in Making Hydro Affordable for Poor: Expert Many places in North America already reduce rates for strapped low-income users. June 6, 2016 | Andrew MacLeod | TheTyee Link to original article Adopting measures to make BC Hydro bills more affordable for people with low incomes would make good business sense forRead more
Power Bills Rising, ‘My Clients Are Panicking’ Hydro costs push many low-income British Columbians to edge, say support experts. June 1, 2016 | Andrew MacLeod | TheTyee Link to original Advocates who work closely with people surviving on low incomes have testified to the British Columbia Utilities Commission that it is increasinglyRead more
Lens on Poverty in BC: Pay Hydro or Go Hungry Poorest rate payers plead for relief but ministry and corporation say no. May, 30, 2016 | Andrew MacLeod | TheTyee Link to original People living on low incomes cut back on buying food and other essentials so they can pay their electricityRead more
As Hydro Rates Climb, an Idea to Reduce Bills for Low-income Folks Advocates pitch affordability program, but minister insists rates are modest. February 27, 2016 | Andrew MacLeod | TheTyee Link to original With electricity rates continuing to spiral upwards, an advocacy organization is pushing to have BC Hydro adopt measuresRead more
Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor Erin Pritchard | BCPIAC Original article published on ClickLaw Blog In September 2015, BC Hydro filed a Rate Design Application (RDA) with the BC Utilities Commission (Commission). This means the Commission, BC Hydro and stakeholders willRead more
BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) starting December 1, 2015
BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) starting December 1, 2015 The BC Utilities Commission has just ordered that BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) of $125.00 plus GST be reduced to $30 on an interim basis, starting on December 1, 2015. BC Hydro had requested thatRead more
New Ontario program helps low income ontarians with electricity bills November 2, 2015 | Ontario Energy Board Link to Ontario Energy Board Press Release Ontario Energy Board Ontario Energy Board released an announcement introducing a new program to help low income residential customers to make electricity more affordable. See the pressRead more
Debt, subterfuge will cost B.C. Hydro ratepayers October 24, 2015 | Brady Yauch | Consumer Policy Institute Link to article at Consumer Policy Institute website Why ratepayers in BC can expect their electricity rates to go in one direction: up. This article originally appeared in the Times Colonist. Ratepayers in BCRead more
Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor For Immediate Release | BCPIAC Legal advocacy group, the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) will ask the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) to implement an electricity affordability program for BC Hydro’s 160,000 low income residential customers.Read more
The provincial government is seeking to bypass a regulatory review to fast-track two major projects designed to supply the natural gas industry with clean energy for production.