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Alberta Passes Bill 12 Allowing Province to Restrict Exports of Oil and Gas to B.C. By Zoë Thoms May 18, 2018 The Alberta government passed Bill 12 – Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act on May 16, 2018, giving the province the ability to limit the export of oil and gas from the province. Bill 12 is aimed squarely at the Government of British Columbia’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline pr...

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

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Federal Government to Intervene in B.C.’s TransMountain Reference Case By David Stevens May 04, 2018 On May 3, 2018, the federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould announced that the federal government will intervene in the British Columbia government’s reference question to the B.C. Court of Appeal. The Justice Minister indicated that “[w]e are confident in Parliament’s jurisdiction and w...

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B.C. Government Asks Court of Appeal to Affirm Right to Limit Bitumen Shipments Through the Province By Zoë Thoms Apr 27, 2018 The Government of British Columbia submitted a reference question to the B.C. Court of Appeal regarding the recently-announced regulations that will stop pipeline companies from increasing bitumen shipments through the province. The government is looking for the court to affirm its jurisdiction t...

Posted in: Facilities | Canada (Federal) | Practice & Procedure | British Columbia

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Uncertainty Leads to Suspension of Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion By David Stevens Apr 10, 2018 On April 8, 2018, Kinder Morgan Canada Limited announced that it is “suspending all non-essential activities and related spending on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.” Kinder Morgan noted that while it has the support of the federal, Alberta and Saskatchewan governments for the project, it fa...

Posted in: Ratemaking | Climate Change / Renewables | British Columbia

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British Columbia Utilities Commission Launches Inquiry to Review Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging By Zoë Thoms Mar 13, 2018 The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) recently established an inquiry to review the regulation of electric vehicle (EV) charging services in the province.  The inquiry evolved out of an application by FortisBC Inc. for approval of a $9.00 per half hour EV charging rate for servic...

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BCUC Rejects BC Hydro Request for a Rate Freeze By David Stevens Mar 08, 2018 On March 1, 2018, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued its Decision and Order for BC Hydro’s revenue requirement and rates for fiscal years 2017 to 2019. In the decision, the BCUC approved rate increases of 4% effective April 1, 2016, 3.5% effective April 1, 2017, and 3% effect...

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British Columbia Announces New Regulations That May Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion By David Stevens Feb 02, 2018 On January 30, 2018, the British Columbia Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy announced that the province would introduce new regulations that will stop pipeline companies from increasing bitumen shipments. The justification for the new regulations is to given the province time to...

Posted in: British Columbia | Facilities | Energy Policy

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B.C. Decides to Move Ahead with Site C Dam By David Stevens and Nicholas Smith Dec 13, 2017 The Government of British Columbia has decided to proceed with construction of the Site C Dam following its review of the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) Final Report. In an announcement made on December 11, 2017, Premier John Horgan expressed the difficulty faced by the NDP government in coming t...

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.”...

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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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