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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Long Term Acquisition Plan (LTAP) – 2008

The DSM Plan and green resources were key parts of the BCUC process, of which ESVI was a significant player.

Some LTAP BCUC Documents (ESVI)
ESVI Second Information Requests (IRs) ESVI; Sep 11, 2008
BC Hydro Response to ESVI’s First IRs BC Hydro; Aug 21, 2008
ESVI First Information Requests (IRs) ESVI; Jul 17, 2008

LTAP Articles
a plan for economic resurgence Vancouver Sun; Sep 20, 2008
Electricity shortage may choke B.C.’s gas patch Vancouver Sun; Sep 12, 2008
Private firms swarm over Hydro’s call for green power Vancouver SUn; Sep 6, 2008
Wave energy will have to wait, at least for now Westerly News; Sep 4, 2008
BC Hydro encouraging residents to LiveSmart Parksville/Qual News; Aug 25, 2008
Hydro spending to save Nanaimo News Bulletin; Jun 23, 2008

BC Hydro LTAP Information
BC Hydro LTAP Application BC Hydro; Jul 30, 2008

Residential Inclining Block Rate (RIB)

BC Hydro will be moving ahead with the RIB rate, starting Oct 1, 2008.

The Residential Inclining Block (RIB) rate is a new rate for all residential customers where a higher rate is charged for consumption over a certain amount per billing period. It is intended to encourage conservation.

Q & A
Q: Do I pay more with the new RIB Rate than the old Rate?
A: If you consume more than approx. 2260 kWh per 2 month period, you pay more with the RIB rate than you would have with the old rate. If you consume less than 2260 kWh, you pay less with the RIB rate than you would have with the old rate.

Q: Why is it being implemented?
A: To encourage conservation. The message is: you consume more, you pay more.

Q: Is it revenue neutral?
A: Yes, the 1st step is lower than the old rate, the 2nd step is higher than the old rate.

New Rate Schedules
Oct 1, 2008 RIB Rates:
Tier 1: 5.98 cents/kWh for 1st 1350 kWh/bimonthly
Tier 2: 7.21 cents/kWh for consumption above 1350 kWh/bi-monthly
[Old rate would have been: 6.55 cents/kWh]

Predicted April 1, 2009 RIB Rates:
Tier 1: 6.35 cents/kWh for 1st 1350 kWh/bimonthly
Tier 2: 8.27 cents/kWh for consumption above 1350 kWh/bi-monthly
[Old rate would have been: 7.09 cents/kWh]

In future years, Tier 2 is capped at 8.27 c/kWh, unless cost of new energy supply goes up, in which case BC Hydro must apply to the BCUC.

BC Hydro Article
BC Hydro’s two-step rate designed to drive conservation BC Hydro; Sep 4, 2008

BCUC Documents
BCUC ruling Aug 28, 2008

RIB Documents submitted to BCUC by ESVI
ESVI Final Argument ESVI; Jul 24, 2008
ESVI Intervenor Evidence ESVI; May 27, 2008

ESVI RIB Articles
New power rate for homeowners ESVI; Aug 28, 2008

Other RIB Articles
Carbon measures worth the cost to save the planet Times Colonist; Sep 20, 2008
Numerous ways to conserve on electricity Nanaimo News Bulletin; Sep 19, 2008
Hydro failed to ensure power Times Colonist; Sep 19, 2008
Two-tier Hydro rates harm families Times Colonist; Sep 17, 2008
BC Hydro boss misled public in rate structure article Times Colonist; Sep 17, 2008
Plenty of hydro projects underway Nanaimo News Bulletin; Sep 17, 2008
Hydro’s two-step rate encourages conservation Times Colonist; Sep 15, 2008
Zapped! Welcome to tier two Parksville Qualicum News; Sep 15, 2008
Turn off the lights, save yourself money Times Colonist; Sep 14, 2008
Cost of doing nothing is even more Cowichan News Leader; Sep 13, 2008
Two-tiered electric fees sound like a ripoff Nanaimo Daily News; Sep 12, 2008
The Valley’s “Tri” weekends are on Alberni Valley Times; Sep 10, 2008
Conservation is the goal of two-tier Hydro pricing Vancouver Sun; Sep 9, 2008
Hydro’s anti-family pricing policy Vancouver Sun; Sep 9, 2008
Horgan to hold unique style of town hall meeting Sooke News Mirror; Sep 9, 2008
Families hurt most under new power rates: professor Vancouver Sun; Sep 8, 2008
Hydro hikes leave some people cold Vancouver Sun; Sep 8, 2008
Hydro hikes leave some people cold Vancouver Sun; Sep 8, 2008
Hydro hikes leave some people cold Vancouver Sun; Sep 8, 2008
Hydro hikes leave some people cold Vancouver Sun; Sep 8, 2008
Hydro hikes leave some people cold Vancouver Sun; Sep 8, 2008
Power rates cheap compared to others Times Colonist; Sep 8, 2008
Two-tiered hydro prices will boost emissions Times Colonist; Sep 8, 2008
Lighting the night skies a waste of electricity Times Colonist; Sep 7, 2008
Hydro tackling wrong issue Times Colonist; Sep 6, 2008
We’re frugal with power and we still can’t win Vancouver Sun; Sep 6, 2008
Power pigs pay for new sources Nanaimo News Bulletin; Sep 5, 2008
Change in Hydro rates has customers crying foul Vancouver Sun; Sep 5, 2008
Mission Vancouver Sun; Sep 5, 2008
Hydro rates hurt environment Times Colonist; Sep 5, 2008
Two-tier plan is unfair Times Colonist; Sep 5, 2008
Hydro snuffs Christmas lights Times Colonist; Sep 5, 2008
Two-tier power hits disabled Times Colonist; Sep 5, 2008
Hydro hikes to hurt the poor: critics Cowichan Valley Citizen; Sep 5, 2008
BC Hydro’s two-step rate designed to drive conservation BC Hydro; Sep 4, 2008
New Hydro rates spark worry from customers Vancouver Sun; Sep 4, 2008
Hydro rates stir worry as winter approaches Times Colonist; Sep 4, 2008
Two-step Hydro rate approved Maple Ridge News; Sep 4, 2008
Hydro’s Bob Elton defends two-tiered billing CTV; Sep 3, 2008
BC Hydro’s new rate structure aims to cut consumption CBC; Sep 3, 2008
Heavy Hydro Users Hit with Higher Rate Vancouver Sun; Sep 3, 2008
Two-tier billing zaps heavy power users Times Colonist; Sep 3, 2008
Liberals have to reverse new hydro charges Cowichan News Leader; Sep 2, 2008
Is a hot tub the new Hummer? Parksville Qualicum Beach News; Sep 1, 2008
Holme critical of two-tiered power rates Parksville Qualicum Beach News; Sep 1, 2008
Rates should allow for electric heating Times Colonist; Aug 27, 2008
Two-tier Hydro rates are unfair to families Times Colonist; Aug 27, 2008
Hydro plan won’t curb energy use Times Colonist; Aug 27, 2008
Citizens not being heard Ladysmith Chronicle; Aug 25, 2008
Citizens not being heard Ladysmith Chronicle; Aug 25, 2008
Hydro rate hikes will deter ‘green’ heating Times Colonist; Aug 25, 2008
Hydro’s rate plan unfair to Island Times Colonist; Aug 23, 2008
Hydro rate plan will hurt families Times Colonist; Aug 23, 2008
Two-tier rate system is wrong-headed Times Colonist; Aug 23, 2008
Two-tier rate structure would stimulate conservation Vancouver Sun; Aug 21, 2008
In defence of Hydro’s two-tier rate plan Vancouver Sun; Aug 20, 2008
Hydro hikes: fighting back the tiers Northern Sentinel; Aug 20, 2008
Public interest must be heard Goldstream News Gazette; Aug 20, 2008
Hydro’s two-tier rate plan unfair, must be revised Vancouver Sun; Aug 19, 2008
Public’s input must be heard Nanaimo News Bulletin; Aug 19, 2008
Raising hydro rates makes dirty policy Times Colonist; Aug 18, 2008
Islanders in for a jolt on hydro billsTimes Colonist; Aug 13, 2008
BC Hydro’s two-tier proposal raises hackles Vancouver Sun; Aug 9, 2008
BC Hydro tiered rate plan a jolt for Islanders Times Colonist; Aug 9, 2008
Island residents, ‘harmful’ hydro bill hikes Nanaimo Daily News; Aug 9, 2008
Utility customers moved to tiers Parksville Qualicom News; Jul 7, 2008
Hydro seeking two-tier home rates Vancouver Sun; Jun 26, 2008
Hydro moving to tiers Oceanside Star; Jun 26, 2008

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