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Policy

Tilbury LNG Storage Expansion: Fortis’s case for system “resiliency”

FortisBC Energy Inc. (FEI) has just applied to the Utilities Commission for permission to build a new 3 billion cubic foot (85 million cubic metre) LNG storage facility on Tilbury Island, tripling its LNG storage capacity at that site (see FEI’s application and workshop presentation).

BCSEA commends FortisBC-electric for DSM during pandemic

BCSEA filed its final argument in the BCUC proceeding regarding FortisBC’s rates for 2020 and 2021 late last week. Based on the financial evidence, BCSEA supported approval of rate increases of 1.0% for 2020 and 4.36% percent for 2021.

Competing Visions for BC's Low Carbon Energy Future

What is the best way for British Columbia to achieve a low carbon energy future?

BCSEA strongly supports low carbon electrification, i.e. switching away from fossil fuels to BC’s almost-GHG-free electricity. BCSEA has called on the government to empower BC Hydro to lead in low carbon electrification in BC.[1]

But we don’t claim to know for certain what the best pathway would be. There are many trade-offs to be made between technologies regarding their costs and their effectiveness to reduce emissions while meeting our energy needs.

BCUC Allows Subsidy of High-Carbon Propane in Revelstoke

Disappointingly, in early October the BCUC approved FortisBC Gas’s request to have its approximately 1,030,000 natural gas customers subsidize propane rates for the approximately 1,500 residential and commercial piped-propane customers in Revelstoke.

BCUC Grapples with Fast-Charging Rates

The BC Utilities Commission is now grappling with the rates that a public utility is allowed to charge EV drivers at public fast-charging stations. First up is the FortisBC utility that provides electricity to customers in south-central BC. Next will be BC Hydro.

BCUC Approves New Rate to Boost Electricity Load

On October 14, 2020, the BC Utilities Commission approved a new optional rate pilot program designed to incent large customers to increase their consumption of clean electricity.

BC Sustainable Energy Association – 2020 BC General Election

Key energy policies for BC’s electric utilities

The following are three recommendations for government policies to advance BC’s electric utilities’ (mainly BC Hydro, but including FortisBC) support for climate action and BC’s transition to a sustainable energy future.

We invite our members to listen for commitments to these policies from candidates and parties in the current election campaign.

BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund at Risk of Folding

BC Hydro has just recommended to the Utilities Commission that its Customer Crisis Fund (CCF) Pilot Program should not continue beyond its default end date in April 2021.

Implemented in May 2018, Hydro’s CCF Pilot Project gives small grants to BC Hydro customers who face disconnection for arrears in their electricity bills.