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.
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.
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.)
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:
On April 21, 2017 the BCSEA hosted a 2017 Election webinar on behalf of the Energy Forum, with representatives from the three major political parties. The Energy Forum is a collaboration of British Columbian power producers, industry associations, and non-government organizations that are working together to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the nexus of energy, climate and ecosystems.