Thursday, March 21, 2019

BC Utilities Commission wants to hear your comments on proposed BC Hydro rate increase

With the colder days behind us, so too perhaps will be some pretty high hydro bills, particularly for those that rely on electric heat for their homes, to go along with the daily routines that rely on the electricity.

And while your electric usage may see some declines as the weather warms up, you may soon find that the rates have gone up, with BC Hydro having filed a request for a net bill increase of 1.76 percent effective April 1st.

Before they receive approval however, if they do, the British Columbia Utility Commission wants to hear from hydro users, seeking out some  feedback  through a number of options.

Request intervener status by Thursday, March 21, 2019: Persons who are directly or sufficiently affected by the BCUC’s decision or have relevant information or expertise, and who wish to actively participate in the proceeding, can request intervener status by submitting a completed Request to Intervene Form online.  (see here)

Submit a letter of comment: Members of the public can submit a letter of comment online (see here)   Letters of comment are intended to provide for any member of the public to contribute views, opinions, and impact or potential impact, with respect to a matter before the BCUC, to the public record.

Register as an interested party: Interested parties can register online to receive updates on the proceeding. (see here)

The BCUC is also hosting a procedural conference in Vancouver on Monday June 24th at 9AM in the BCUC Hearing Room on the 12th Floor at 1125 Howe Street, to determine any further necessary process.

Parties who wish to attend must register with the Commission Secretary by email to no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019.

As part of their engagement process, the BCUC is planning to host a series of Community Input Sessions around the province.

Details such as dates and locations will be published by the BCUC at a later date.

Some further background on the BC Hydro application can be explored here.

For more notes related to BC Hydro service and initiatives see our archive page here.

To view the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

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