FortisBC Rate Design Application

Dear Anarchist & Sidley Mountain Residents;

The FortisBC Rate Design Application is proceeding with a workshop held in our community on July 26, 2017. If you are concerned about the cost of your electricity here in this area, we need a strong attendance by Mountain folks that are concerned about this issue.

As you may be aware, FortisBC is holding follow up workshops later this month to discuss rate design options and follow up on suggestions received from attendees to the initial workshops. The workshop timetable is shown below.

We are writing to let you know that BCUC staff will be available before and after the workshops to engage with customers who are interested in participating in our review process, answer questions and provide information on what support is available to assist interested and affected parties.

Community Date and Time Venue
Kelowna Tuesday, July  25, 2017

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Sandman Hotel

2130 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna

Osoyoos Wednesday, July 26, 2017

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Watermark Beach Resort

15 Park Place, Osoyoos

Castlegar Thursday, July 27, 2017

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Sandman Hotel

1944 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar

In the rate design process the BCUC reviews electricity prices to ensure that utility costs are fairly allocated among customers  (Which we on Anarchist Mtn (AMCS) roundly disagree that is being done now!) . Customers are typically segmented into residential, commercial and industrial rate classes and we review the allocation of the utility’s costs across each rate class. In doing so, we balance the various goals and impacts of the rate design with the needs of the utility and the interest of ratepayers.  AMCS contends that we are subsidizing those that have access to natural gas, therefore have an opportunity for lower energy costs. AMCS is examining whether or not we as an community group can be named as an “intervener” and get funding to participate in the Fortis rate design hearings.

For more direct information on how to participate in the BCUC’s review of FortisBC’s rate design application, expected to be filed in November 2017, please visit our website at the following link, http://www.bcuc.com/RegisterIndex.aspx; or contact us directly by email at commission.secretary@bcuc.com or telephone at 1-800-663-1385.

Or :   Amanda Duncan Administrative Assistant, Regulatory Services

British Columbia Utilities Commission

P: 604.660.4165  BC Toll Free: 1.800.663.1385  F: 604.660.1102

bcuc.com

Mark McKenney, President AMCS (250) 495-4592

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