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BCSEA opposes Revelstoke propane subsidy

BCSEA opposes Revelstoke propane subsidy

June 30, 2020

BCSEA asked the BC Utilities Commission to reject FortisBC Gas’s request to have natural gas customers subsidize high-carbon propane rates in Revelstoke, in a written argument filed today. BCSEA said the proposal is unduly discriminatory, contrary to rate design principles, in conflict with BC’s energy objectives, not in customers’ interests, and not in the public interest.

BCSEA gets a win on Net Metering

BCSEA gets a win on Net Metering

June 25, 2020

The BC Utilities Commission rejected BC Hydro's ban on new Net Metering participants who propose an electrical generator big enough to create annual net power to the grid. In a long-awaited decision released on June 23, 2020, the BCUC found that BC Hydro had not satisfactorily demonstrated that the ban is required to mitigate significant or meaningful harm.

Book Review - The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress

Book Review by Tom Hackney, BCSEA Policy Advisor

The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress

by Dr. Mark Jaccard

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a tough, informed assessment of the most critical policies to tackle climate change effectively.

Low-carbon Electrification in BC: Empowering BC Hydro to Lead

Low-carbon Electrification in BC: Empowering BC Hydro to lead

June 2, 2020

More than 230 online participants took in BCSEA’s webinar on low-carbon electrification last week. The session was presented by BCSEA’s Tom Hackney (policy analyst) and Bill Andrews (lawyer), and introduced by BCSEA board chair Jonathan Ho.

BCSEA Calls for Conservation and Low-Carbon Electrification

BCSEA Calls for Conservation and Low-Carbon Electrification

May 4, 2020

BCSEA filed a 74-page final argument today in the Utilities Commission’s proceeding on BC Hydro’s revenue requirement application for fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2021. This caps a 12-day oral hearing and thousands of pages of evidence and interrogatories.

Interim Report Not Adequate

Interim Report Not Adequate, Says BCSEA

April 14, 2020

BCSEA provided a lengthy brief to the BC Ministry of Energy and BC Hydro today, in response to the March 2020 Interim Report on the Government’s “Comprehensive Review” of BC Hydro, Phase 2.  The brief and cover letters are attached below.

Fleet EV Charging Rates Approved by BCUC

March 26, 2020
British Columbia Utilities Commission

Fleet EV Charging Rates Approved by BCUC

March 26, 2020

The BC Utilities Commission today approved two new optional rates for electricity service by BC Hydro to operators of charging stations for fleets of electric vehicles or vessels. The new rates are aimed at reducing GHG emissions in the transportation sector by encouraging customers to convert their fleet vehicles and vessels from fossil fuels to clean/renewable electricity.

BCSEA Supports Fleet Electrification Rates

January 13, 2020

BCSEA’s most recent legal argument at the BC Utilities Commission supports conversion of fleets of vehicles and vessels from fossil fuels to clean electricity.

Individual electric vehicles are already on the road in BC, and more are on the way. Next to come are whole fleets of electric vehicles such as transit buses and delivery trucks, and electric vessels such as ferries. But there’s a glitch.

Low-carbon electrification in BC: Next steps for BC Hydro

Low-carbon electrification in BC: Next steps for BC Hydro

BCSEA asks Government to Let BC Hydro and FBC Invest in Public EV Fast Charging Stations

BCSEA asks Government to Let BC Hydro and FBC Invest in Public EV Fast Charging Stations

August 2, 2019

BCSEA met with the BC ministry of energy in July to encourage the government to cut through the regulatory uncertainty that is hampering BC Hydro and FortisBC (electric) from expanding their networks of public EV fast-charging stations. Currently, BC Hydro is temporarily not charging EV drivers for fast-charging and FBC is charging $9 per half hour with interim approval from the Commission.