BC Utilities Commission seeking feedback from two-tier electricity customers

Tuesday, August 16 2016

The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) has extended the deadline for the public to comment on two-tier rates until September 2.

Most residents in BC pay for electricity on a two-tier rate (known as a residential inclining block rate or a residential conservation rate). 

Under the two-tier rates, customers pay a lower price for electricity consumed up to a threshold and a higher price for electricity consumed above the threshold. These two-tier rates were implemented by BC Hydro and FortisBC between 2008 and 2012. Before the two-tier rates were implemented residents in BC paid one price for all electricity they consumed. 

The BC Minister of Energy and Mines has asked the British Columbia Utilities Commission to report to the government on the impact of these two-tier rates on customers in regions without access to natural gas. 

The Commission is seeking comments from residential electricity customers of BC Hydro or FortisBC with no access to natural gas.

The BCUC is asking about:

• the impacts residents have experienced or identified from the two-tier electricity rates; and 

• residents awareness of ways to mitigate any impacts. 

Comments can be provided using the Commission’s Letter of Comment Form found online at http://www.bcuc.com/Register-Letter-of-Comment.aspx

All comments must be received in writing. 

Written comments can be sent by email or mail to the Commission Secretary on or before Friday, September 2, 2016 at: 

Email: Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com 

Mail: Ms. Laurel Ross 

Acting Commission Secretary 

BC Utilities Commission 

Sixth Floor, 900 Howe Street 

Vancouver, BC V6Z 2N3 

For more information please contact the Commission at 1-800-663-1385