August 11, 2011
Today, the British Columbia government released its report on its review of BC Hydro. The comprehensive report is written by a government appointed review panel which was devised in response to a proposed 32% electricity rate increase over three years.
The report provides 56 recommendations to BC Hydro and mostly addresses the internal operations of BC Hydro, but also touches on current and past BC energy policy and its impact on BC Hydro operations.
The report does not directly address the future of the BC clean energy industry, but if you read between the lines, the report does offer some nuggets of information that impacts independent power producers and clean energy enthusiasts (the self-sufficiency review and reliance on imported power is an example on pages 92-93).
July 21, 2011
Today, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) released proposed new Rules for Electricity Energy Supply Contracts, which will affect all future electricity supply contracts (or electricity purchase agreements) to a public utility in British Columbia, unless otherwise exempted by law, regulation or order.
These new Rules will update the 1993 Rules on account of changes to the BC Utilities Commission Act and the Clean Energy Act.
The BCUC is seeking public comments on the new Rules, up to August 26, 2011.
January 25, 2011
BC Hydro provided a welcomed boost to the British Columbia clean energy industry by announcing today that it has now completed its two year review and implemented a new standing offer program for clean, renewable energy projects in British Columbia.
Similar to a feed-in-tariff, eligible clean energy projects, 15 MW or under, can prescribe to a set price for delivered electricity and other key project terms. Specific eligibility requirements and the program rules for BC Hydro’s Standing Offer Program can be found here (pdf).