Green energy not the reason for Hydro hike

Dear editor,
Contrary to what some have recently tried to claim, BC Hydro’s proposed 32-per-cent rate increase over the next three years is not the result of electricity purchases from independent green energy producers.

Dear editor,

Contrary to what some have recently tried to claim, BC Hydro’s proposed 32-per-cent rate increase over the next three years is not the result of electricity purchases from independent green energy producers.

According to information contained in BC Hydro’s rate application to the BC Utilities Commission, only 2.6 percent of the total 32 percent proposed increase is attributable to green energy purchases.

Of the estimated $5 million to $6 million that an average BC Hydro residential customer will see on their bill from the interim rate increase recently approved by the BC Utilities Commission, no more than 40 to 48 cents is attributable to green energy purchases.

The overwhelming majority of the proposed 32-per-cent increase (i.e., 92 per cent of the total increase) is due solely to the cost of renewing the province’s publicly owned energy infrastructure just as BC Hydro has stated on numerous occasions.

I sincerely hope this information helps to dispel the notion that BC Hydro rates are going up because of electricity purchases from independent producers.

Clearly they are not and the public should therefore be wary of anyone or any group claiming otherwise.

David Field,

Burnaby

Editor’s note: David Field is a co-spokesperson for

B.C. Citizens for Green Energy (www.greenenergybc.ca).

Just Posted

Cycle tour for African Grandmothers coming through the Comox Valley

On Sept. 6, 35 women, aged between 56 and 75, will be… Continue reading

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Gallery accepting applications for Youth Media Project

The Comox Valley Art Gallery is accepting applications for the Youth Media… Continue reading

Ribfest returning to the Comox Valley

It’s fast approaching—the fifth annual Comox Valley Ribfest takes place from Friday,… Continue reading

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

PHOTOS: Cumberland Wild embraces diverse musical talents

Day 1 of the two-day music festival took place Saturday

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

Most Read