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BCUC Briefing Note-FortisBC Conservation Rate

BCUC Briefing Note-FortisBC Conservation Rate

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Memo prepared by B.C. Utilities Commission employee regarding complaints about FortisBC's conservation rate.
Memo prepared by B.C. Utilities Commission employee regarding complaints about FortisBC's conservation rate.

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ERICA HAMILTONCOMMISSION
SECRETARY
Commission.Secretary@bcuc.comweb site: http://www.bcuc.com
VIA
EMAIL
jfries@pentictonwesternnews.com September
9,
2013Dear
Mr.
Fries:
Re:
Document Request
for
Information RegardingFortisBC's New Residential Conservation Rate
SIXTH
FLOOR,
900
HOWE
STREET,
BOX
250
VANCOUVER,
BC
CANADA V6Z 2N3TELEPHONE: (604)
660-4700
BC
TOLL
FREE:
1-800-663-1385
FACSIMILE: (604) 660-1102
Log No. 44515
Further
to
your August
14,
2013 request
to
access
documents, enclosed please find the
BC
UtilitiesCommission's August
20,
2013 briefing notes regarding FortisBC Inc.'s Residential Conservation
Rate
EvaluationReport.
The
briefing notes are redacted, pursuant
to
section
13
(1)
of
the Freedom
of
Information and PrivacyAct.
/kbb
Enclosure
IP/FOI/09-09-2013Jries_Request
for
FBC
RIB
documents
Erica
Hamilton
 
BRITISH COLUMBIA UTILITIES COMMISSION
 ACTION 
MEMO TO: Erica Hamilton August 20, 2013Commission Secretary and DirectorFROM: Patrick WruckCustomer Service SpecialistPolicy, Planning and Customer Relations-
on behalf of Rates
 RE: FortisBC Inc.
FortisBC’s
Residential Conservation Rate Evaluation Report
RECOMMENDATIONBACKGROUND
The FortisBC RIB rate was approved on January 13, 2012 by Order G-3-12 and the rate was implementedon July 1, 2012. FortisBC renamed the RIB Rate to the Residential Conservation Rate (RCR) upon
 
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2implementation. In Order G-3-12 FortisBC was directed to
“provide a RIB Rate Evaluation Report
(Report) covering the period from the date of implementation [July 1, 2012]
to December 31, 2013...”
 The purpose of that Order was to
implement “a RIB rate [that] is intended to promote conservation by
employing a tiered rate structure in which consumption that occurs above a certain threshold level is
billed at a higher rate.”
1
 During the period (from implementation) July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013, the Commission received 149
complaints regarding FortisBC’s
RCR resulting from this Order. This is a significant increase in complaintsregarding FortisBC. For comparison, the Commission received 3 FortisBC complaints in 2010, 15 in 2011and 44 in 2012. Over the three year period from 2010 to 2012 (before the new rate structure wasimplemented), 30 complaints were regarding rates.In addition to complaints from customers, the Commission received two complaints from the RegionalDistrict of Okanagan Similkameen, one complaint from the Village of Keremoeos
Mayor and Council,and a complaint from an NDP candidate in Kaledan, BC. The Commission also received complaints frombusinesses, primarily geothermal companies who argue that the new rate structure has severelyimpacted the geothermal business in a negative way. Aside from complaints sent directly to theCommission, there was significant media attention including many letters to the editor in localnewspapers, and several members of the public organized petitions and held protests.The concerns raised by residents can generally be summarized as follows:
 
RCR is causing bills to increase up to 50%;
 
Residents in areas that only have access to electricity are concerned that they are beingpenalized because they simply have no option but to heat their home with electricity;
 
Residents that use geothermal and air source heat pumps are concerned because their cost tooperate this equipment has risen dramatically due to the RCR;
 
Many complainants argue the threshold has been set too low; and
 
 
Many customers state that they are now resorting to wood heating and/or natural gas insteadof electric heating systems.
ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS
1
Executive Summary page 1 FortisBC Inc. Residential Inclining Block Rate Decision January 13, 2012
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