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Posted in: Energy Policy | Facilities | Climate Change / Renewables | British Columbia

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British Columbia Utilities Commission Issues Final Report About Site C Project By David Stevens and Nicholas Smith Nov 09, 2017 On November 1, 2017, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued its Final Report on BC Hydro’s “Site C” hydroelectric project. This Final Report represents the culmination of a nearly three-month long investigatory and consultative process to re-examine the viability and appropriaten...
BCUC’s Preliminary Report About Site C Reaches Few Conclusions By David Stevens Sep 22, 2017 On September 20, 2017, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued its Preliminary Report about BC Hydro’s “Site C” hydroelectric project. This is the final step in the “fact gathering” phase of the Government-ordered “Site C Inquiry Process.”...

Posted in: British Columbia | Canada (Federal) | Facilities

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Federal Court of Appeal Finds That BC Pipeline May Be Subject to NEB Jurisdiction By David Stevens Jul 25, 2017 On July 19, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal released its Decision in a case related to the National Energy Board’s (NEB) jurisdiction over the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project (PRGTP). The Court reversed an earlier NEB Decision holding that the NEB had no jurisdiction over the P...

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Attending CAMPUT? We Will See You There! May 01, 2017 David Stevens, Scott Stoll and Zoë Thoms will be attending the 2017 CAMPUT Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC from May 7 – 10. The CAMPUT Annual Conference has the reputation of being Canada’s most important conference dealing with energy and utility regulation. Our law...
BCUC Determines That it Has No Jurisdiction to Approve Low-Income Rates By David Stevens Jan 24, 2017 On January 20, 2017, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) released its decision in a BC Hydro Rate Design Application (the Decision). The Decision addresses a number of issues related to how BC Hydro sets its rates, and will be applicable to the updated BC Hydro revenue requirement be...

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British Columbia Utilities Commission Denies Approval for Neighbourhood Energy Agreement By David Stevens Oct 11, 2016 In a September 26, 2016 decision, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) confirmed earlier decisions denying approval of a "Neighbourhood Energy Agreement" (NEA) in downtown Vancouver (Northeast False Creek and Chinatown). The NEA is similar to a franchise agreement as it gives the prop...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | British Columbia | Ratemaking

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British Columbia Utilities Commission Approves System Expansion Fund for FortisBC Energy By David Stevens Oct 06, 2016 In a recent decision, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) approved a "System Extension Fund" of up to $1 million per year to assist eligible customers in low density areas to connect to the FortisBC Energy (FEI) gas distribution system. The approval is in the form of a four-year pilo...

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British Columbia Government Releases Its Climate Leadership Plan By David Stevens Aug 25, 2016 On August 19, 2016, the British Columbia (BC) government released its Climate Leadership Plan. The Climate Leadership Plan is an update to the BC government's 2008 Climate Action Plan, and it implements some of the recommendations made by the "Climate Leadership Team" that was established by the ...

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B.C. Regulation Exempts Completed Projects from Provincial Environmental Review By David Stevens May 26, 2016 The British Columbia Government's Cabinet recently approved an "exemption regulation" under the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) that will exempt previously approved and constructed projects from requiring an environmental assessment certificate.The "exemption regulation" is made in response to...

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BCUC Convenes Proceedings in Response to Complaint Against BC Hydro By David Stevens May 11, 2016 As we previously reported, a complaint was made in December 2015 to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) alleging that BC Hydro had intentionally misled the BCUC about future plans (and associated costs) for its enterprise financial IT systems. This complaint, made by the NDP critic f...
Federal Court of Appeal to Decide if B.C. Pipeline Project is Subject to NEB Jurisdiction By David Stevens Mar 14, 2016 The Federal Court of Appeal has granted a pipeline opponent leave to appeal the question of whether the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project (PRGTP) is within federal jurisdiction and subject to regulation by the National Energy Board (NEB). The PRGTP is currently being regulated by the Provinc...

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BC Hydro Responds to Complaint About Misleading Testimony at 2008 BCUC Hearing By David Stevens Jan 19, 2016 In December 2015, a complaint was made to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) alleging that BC Hydro had intentionally misled the BCUC about future plans (and associated costs) for its enterprise financial IT systems. This complaint, made by the NDP critic for BC Hydro (Adrian Dix), ...

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BCUC Determines Condominium Propane System Operator is a "Public Utility" By David Stevens Sep 09, 2015 In a recent decision, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) found that the operator of a propane distribution system within a strata development should be considered to be a "public utility," subject to regulation by the BCUC. This means that the rates charged for propane distribution ...
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