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Shine a light on loopholes in the electricity market

By Stephen Ewart, Calgary Herald, November 12, 2011

In a letter TransAlta president Steve Snyder wrote for today's Herald to explain how his company didn't "intentionally breach any rules or regulations" when it manipulated Alberta's electricity market last fall, he was adamant they simply "misinterpreted" the rules.

Quebec to be awash in surplus electricity

By Lynn Moore, Montreal Gazette, Postmedia News, November 13, 2011

MONTREAL — Quebec will have a bumper crop of surplus electricity over the next decade, according to a revised supply forecast by Hydro-Quebec.

Clean energy: Costs rising for California consumers

By Garance Burke and Jason Dearen, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, November 13, 2011

Clean energy got a boost from a 2006 California law mandating it. But some clean energy projects are so expensive, they'll raise consumers' utility bills for decades.

B.C.'s new northern industries will need twice the electricity that was forecast by B.C. Hydro

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, October 4, 2011

The rapid industrialization of northern B.C. is going to create almost double the demand for electricity estimated by BC Hydro, making it virtually impossible for the province to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

Millions laid out in Tahltan deal

Staff Writer, Terrace Standard, June 08, 2011

THE TAHLTAN Nation stands to gain more than $500 million in benefits over the lifetime of three run-of-river hydro electric projects being built on its traditional territory, Tahltan leaders estimate.

Powering our future requires dollars

By Pierre Guimond, Vancouver Sun, March 10, 2011

Canada's electricity grid was not built for the Internet age, the green economy -or a population of 35 million

Conservation Pricing: Can it be Environmentally Effective and Economically Fair?

Stephanie Taylor & George Hoberg, Green Policy Prof, March 1, 2011

Electricity pricing in BC is a concept that is little understood, yet frequently the subject of grumbling by ratepayers, especially when rates are going up. Recent proposals by BC Hydro to raise rates by 50% over the next five years have been criticized by media and energy experts. In our last post on electricity pricing, we outlined current and alternative rate-setting mechanisms. We also introduced readers to the concept of conservation pricing. This post delves further into conservation pricing, exploring both its benefits and its drawbacks.

An Interesting Spin

Marvin Shaffer, CCPA Policy Notes, February 23, 2011

How Electricity Pricing Works in British Columbia

Stephanie Taylor & George Hoberg, Green Policy Prof, February 17, 2011

In the midst of a spending blitz, BC Hydro has applied to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) to increase residential electricity rates by an estimated 10% per year over the next three years. BC Hydro, which announced the rate changes on December 2, 2010 expects the increase to take effect in April 2011, assuming BCUC approval. The news release explains that the Crown Corporation is investing $6 billion over three years to provide essential upgrades to aging transmission and generation facilities, add significant new transmission capacity, increase capacity at the Mica and Revelstoke dams, and install smart meters in every household.

Report reveals gaps in BC’s electricity export policy framework

News Release, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, February 10, 2010

If British Columbia ramps up production to become a major electricity exporter there is no guarantee the province will gain new market access, warns new research out today from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).

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