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Opposition to Contaminated Rail Ties as Fuel for Generation: The Saga Continues

The BCUC on May 15 approved BC Hydro's short-term electricity purchase agreement (EPA) with the operator of the biomass generating plant in Williams Lake. This was entirely expected and has little real-world significance in and of itself (!). But it provides a good opportunity to tell the story of how we got here and what's coming next in the continuing saga of whether a biomass generating plant in Williams Lake will be allowed to burn creosote-contaminated rail ties for power. 

BC Hydro - Transmission Service Rate F2020 and F2021 Pricing Principles Extension - Granted by order G-39-19

May 7, 2019
Tom Hackney

The BC Utilities Commission, after consultation with stakeholders, has approved without hearing a two-year extension to the pricing principles for BC Hydro's Transmission Service Rate (TSR) (i.e. the two-tiered inclining block rate serving large industrial customers). 

BCUC Decision on Arbitrage of Industrial Self-generation

The Commission finally laid to rest a long, meandering proceeding involving industrial customers who generate electricity at their own site and want to sell their own power while simultaneously buying lower-cost power from the utility. To say this was complicated would be an understatement. It goes back to a 2014 proceeding in which the Commission approved a renewed "power purchase agreement" (PPA) between BC Hydro and FBC-electric.

Commission Accepts FortisBC-Gas Long-term Plan

The BCUC accepted FortisBC Energy Inc.'s 2017 long-term gas resource plan, in a decision released on February 25, 2019. After a year-long proceeding, in which BCSEA-SCBC filed expert evidence, the Commission found that FEI's met the requirements of the Utilities Commission Act. Issues included: GHG emissions, load forecasting, demand-side management, biomethane, natural gas for transportation, and innovative technologies. The plan serves as a guideline for the future. The Commission's acceptance of the plan does not constitute approval of any specific initiatives.

BCUC ends FBC Residential Conservation Rate

BCUC Ends FBC Residential Conservation Rate

FortisBC Inc.'s 2019-2022 DSM Expenditure Schedule

On March 4, 2019, the BC Utilities Commission accepted FortisBC Inc.'s 2019-2022 demand-side management expenditure schedule, as supported by BCSEA and SCBC. The DSM budget is for $44-million over the four-year period. This spending envelope is slightly higher than FBC anticipated in its most recent (2016) long-term resource plan, due to new efficiency programs for cannabis production facilities. 

BC's new ZEV standard - modeled on California or Quebec?

19 February 2019

To:  Christina Ianniciello, Director, Clean Transportation Branch, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

by email: christina.ianniciello@gov.bc.ca Dear Ms. Ianniciello,

Re: BC Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard – Request for Input

Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the government’s proposed ZeroEmission Vehicle (ZEV) Standard.

BCUC EV Charging Inquiry - Phase 1 Report

BCUC EV Charging Inquiry - Phase 1 Report

January 28th, 2018

The commission issued its report on phase one of the inquiry into EV charging services. Link. The important points that BCSEA and SCBC pushed were either accepted or punted to phase two. Highlights:

BC Hydro Net Metering update

BC Hydro Net Metering update

January 9th, 2019

The BC Utilities Commission directed BC Hydro to file a net metering application by April 30, 2019, rejecting BCHydro's request for a July 31 deadline. BCHydro says it will conduct consultation on net metering after the public release of the report on phase one of the government's 'comprehensive review' of BC Hydro (expected any day now.)

FortisBC’s Long Term Electricity Resource Plan

FortisBC’s Long Term Electricity Resource Plan

June 29th, 2018

The commission issued its decision on FBC's long term electricity resource plan (LTERP) yesterday. The plan addresses forecasts of energy and capacity needs, supply side resources and demand-side resources. BCSEA and SCBC intervened actively, including providing expert evidence (by Jim Grevatt) on DSM. Here are highlights of the decision from a sustainability perspective: