The Residential Consumer Intervener Association (RCIA) represents the interests of BC’s residential electricity, natural gas, and other regulated energy consumers (e.g. district heating) in hearings before the BCUC. The RCIA believes that balancing the varied residential ratepayer interests in an impartial, open and transparent manner is the key to long term success at ensuring fair residential energy rates. As such, the RCIA maintains an impartial approach to technology, business solutions, and utility options, and establishes positions and arguments that are formed upon evidence-based decision making. Simply put, the RCIA will impartially represent the needs and concerns of British Columbian residential ratepayers as a collective (rather than based upon special interest groups), including, but not limited to, the trade-offs between utility cost, service quality and risk.
BC Hydro seeks an order from the Commission establishing fiscal 2023 pricing principles for its Rate Schedule 1101, 1121 - Residential Service (RS 1101). RS 1101 is commonly referred to as the residential inclining block rate. RS 1101 includes three charges: a daily Basic Charge; a per kilowatt hour (kWh) Step 1 Energy Charge; and a higher per kWh Step 2 Energy Charge.
BC Hydro is seeking approval from the BCUC for its application, pursuant to Section 44.2 of the Utilities Commmission Act ("UCA"), for implementation of the John Hart Dam Seismic Upgrade Project.
BC Hydro is filing their 2021 Integrated Resource Plan Application, in accordance with BCUC Order No. G-28-21. The 2021 Integrated Resource Plan was approved by the BC Hydro Board of Directors on 2021-Dec-03.
FortisBC Energy Inc. is submitting their Biomethane Energy Recovery Charge ("BERC") Rate Assessment Report in accordance with BCUC Decision and Order G-133-16.
FortisBC Energy Inc. is applying for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity ("CPCN") for the Okanagan Capacity Upgrades ("CPU") Project which is required to address the expected growth in natural gas loading in the Okanagan region due to population increases. Approvals include construction and installation of various pipeline as well as deactivation of existing pipeline.
FortisBC Energy Inc. is applying for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity ("CPCN") for the Tilbury LNG Storage Expansion Project which is viewed as a resiliency investment, replacing an existing 50-year old Tilbury Base Plant.
Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. ("PNG") Is seeking approval from the BCUC for a Low Carbon Energy ("LCE") Cost Recovery Mechanism and approval of Biomethane Purchase Agreements ("BPAs") with ATCO Future Fuel RNG Limited Partnership ("ATCO") and Tidal Energy Marketing Inc. ("Tidal").
Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. ("PNG") Is seeking approval from the BCUC for its 2022 Revenue Requirements Application for its PNG-West Division. PNG is seeking approval of delivery rate and Revenue Stabilization Adjustment Mechanism rate rider changes effective January 1, 2022.
Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. ("PNG") Is seeking approval from the BCUC for its 2022 Revenue Requirements Application for its Fort St. John-Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge Divisions. PNG is seeking approval of delivery rate and Revenue Stabilization Adjustment Mechanism rate rider changes effective January 1, 2022.
The BCUC has issued a letter requesting input regarding the FEI's natural gas acquisition
The BCUC has issued a letter to BC Hydro and FortisBC Energy Inc. ("FEI") seeking their comments on six (6) energy scenarios.
The Coalition to Reduce Electropollution ("CORE") is submitting an application to the BCUC to reconsider the BCUC's decision (Exhibit A-14) declining CORE's request for an extension to the regulatory timetable and republication of the public notice ("the Decision).
The RCIA welcomes input and feedback on specific proceedings and energy matters in general.
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Unfortunately, the RCIA does not have the unlimited resources necessary to be everywhere at once, and as such has focused its mandate on BCUC interventions, the place where we feel we can make the largest impact towards reducing your energy bills and ensuring they are fair. As a result, the RCIA’s mandate does not currently include political lobbying about matters outside the BCUC’s purview, such as legislated carbon reduction targets, changes to the Clean Energy Act, or any BC Government Orders in Council. At the RCIA we work within the legislative direction provided by the BC Government and work to ensure that BC’s utilities implement those legislative directions in a fair and prudent manner. Having said this, we strongly encourage you as a BC citizen to make your voice heard in the political sphere and we will continue to provide impartial information that may help you.Go to Special Topics