Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2013
Provincial government pulls two projects from utility commission scrutiny
An energy watchdog group is alarmed by a government decision this week to exempt two major BC Hydro transmission projects from review by the B.C. Utilities Commission.
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.
By GORDON HAMILTON, Vancouver Sun, May 1, 2012
Pulp company Mercer International has filed a $250 million claim against Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement claiming it is being placed at a competitive disadvantage by BC Hydro.
Geoff Plant, The Plant Rant, Feb 22, 2012
The usual job of a utilities commission is to protect consumers from high prices that might otherwise be charged by monopoly service providers. The utility asks for an X% increase, and the regulator gives it something less. So it was more than a little interesting when the BC Utilities Commission decided last week to increase electricity rates by nearly twice as much as BC Hydro had asked for (7.1% instead of 3.9%).
News Release, BC Hydro, February 15, 2012
News Release, Nlaka'pamux Nation Tribal Council & Okanagan Nation Alliance, February 4, 2011
British Columbia Utilities Commission Rules that First Nations Not Consulted
BCUC find consultation was not adequate with certain First Nations with respect to the Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Project
BC Utilities Commission
in the matter of
British Columbia Transmission Corporation
Reconsideration of the Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Project
February 3, 2011
MARK JACCARD, Vancouver Sun, June 4, 2010
British Columbia's proposed clean energy act has triggered extreme statements pro and con.
"Great, because our elected representatives are taking responsibility for electricity policy."
"Disastrous, because it reduces utilities commission control over BC Hydro."
Editorial, Vancouver Sun, May 13, 2010
Responsible governance demands that when voters are going to hold the government politically accountable for the actions of an agency that provides a public service, whether it is ferries, health or utilities, the government needs to have the levers in place to exercise some political direction over that organization.
SCOTT SIMPSON, Vancouver Sun, February 24, 2010
Utilities commission also denies request to include ad material in Terasen bill statements
The British Columbia Utilities Commission has shot down a bid by natural gas marketers to widen their access to the B.C. residential gas market.
By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, January 11, 2010
Consultations among BC Hydro, British Columbia Transmission Corp. and first nations along a key 255-kilometre power line route are an outright failure and need to start all over again, the B.C. Utilities Commission heard Monday.