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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

BCPIAC opposes Ministry of Energy and Mines seeking regulatory exemption for power projects

BCPIAC letter in reply to a call for comments in response to the Ministry of Energy and Mines proposal to exempt the North Montney Power Supply Project and the Peace Region Electricity Supply Project from undergoing a review by BC’s energy utility regulator. Continue Reading BCPIAC opposes Ministry of Energy and Mines seeking regulatory exemption for power projects

RTB takes a pass on investigation request to protect tenant rights in the aftermath of View Towers fire

TAPS first requested that the RTB investigate Westsea on September 25, 2014. This request was denied by the then-director for the RTB. This denial prompted TAPS to file an application in the BC Supreme Court, which resulted in a court consent order directing that the investigation request be resubmitted to the RTB for a new evaluation. Continue Reading RTB takes a pass on investigation request to protect tenant rights in the aftermath of View Towers fire

Deaf man takes B.C. ministry to Human Rights Tribunal over delays in income assistance

When Christopher Shay applied for income assistance in September, he was at his wit’s ends. Unlike hearing people, Shay is unable to pick up the phone and call the income assistance office. Shay struggled more than five weeks before getting any money and received eviction notices after receiving no government response to his application. He finally found help through local outreach programs. Continue Reading Deaf man takes B.C. ministry to Human Rights Tribunal over delays in income assistance

BC Hydro, provincial and federal governments oppose anti-poverty and seniors’ organizations’ application to intervene in Site C legal cases

BC Hydro and the federal and provincial governments are opposing the participation of anti-poverty and seniors’ groups in Site C Dam Project legal cases. Continue Reading BC Hydro, provincial and federal governments oppose anti-poverty and seniors’ organizations’ application to intervene in Site C legal cases