Energy Utility

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. Continue Reading Anti-poverty advocates call for BC Hydro to implement an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) will ask the Commission to implement rate relief, emergency bill assistance, and specific terms and conditions for low income BC Hydro ratepayers. Continue Reading Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge

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 that the lower MRC be implemented by April 1, 2016, but we successfully argued that the MRC is unjust and unreasonable as it no longer reflects BC Hydro’s actual costs to reconnect a customer. Continue Reading BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge

Debt, subterfuge will cost BC Hydro ratepayers

Ratepayers in BC can expect dramatic electricity-rate increases for years to come. Those rate increases will be needed to pay off B.C. Hydro’s soaring long-term debt and other costs the company has shunted to future ratepayers to make itself seem profitable and offset the impact of its spending on current customers. Continue Reading Debt, subterfuge will cost BC Hydro ratepayers

Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program

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. The proposal consists of three strategies to address the hardship caused by high hydro rates on low income customers. Continue Reading Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program