December 10, 2017

U.S. court finds against BC Hydro in massive lawsuit

BC Hydro officials say they plan to appeal a U.S. court ruling that has ordered them to pay $ 265 million. A California judge has ruled Hydro’s Powerex subsidiary manipulated markets during the state’s energy crisis in 2000. In a statement, Powerex chief legal officer John Irving says: "We see this latest decision involving 16 energy … [Read more...]

Energy Minister says NDP have it wrong on BC Hydro

BC's Energy Minister says it is just another case of NDP math after the opposition said BC Hydro is spending hundreds of millions of dollars for power it doesn't need.  Rich Coleman says the argument the ndp is making ignores long term fluctuations, like the price of electricity in the spot market.  He also denies the NDP claim those … [Read more...]

BREAKING: BC Hydro clarifies Smart Meter stance

B-C Hydro has made it official....at least, for now. The utility has issued a written statement saying it will not install Smart Meters without the customer's permission. Hydro says it's important to take extra time to work with customers who still have concerns, so in the meantime it will not install new meters unless they have their … [Read more...]

BC Hydro non-current line falls on cars, shopping centre and Fraser River in New West

A BC Hydro line came down in New Westminster across Stewardson Way, a Queensborough Shopping Centre, onto some cars and into the Fraser River Sunday morning. Spokesperson Simi Heer says they're not sure why it fell down, or whether it caused any damage to cars. "Crews were able to respond quite quickly and keep the public away even though it was a … [Read more...]

Hydro given another year to install smart meters

The provincial government has given BC Hydro another year to install their smart meters. The utility has already put in 93 percent of the 1.87 million meters – they only have 140,000 left. The province says hydro crews have had to deal with shortages in qualified labour, equipment and specialized meters, as well as customer … [Read more...]

Hydro reaches deal with COPE 378

BC Hydro has reached a tentative deal with inside workers, members of COPE local 378. It covers two thousand workers. It's a two year deal, containing what the government calls a "modest" wage increase, found within the existing budget. Workers will vote on the deal over the next couple of weeks.   CKNW Vancouver News … [Read more...]

BC Hydro hasn’t decided consequences for customers refusing Smart Meters

The installation of BC Hydro’s Smart Meters is wrapping up, but it seems people who keep refusing a meter may not have to face consequences for continually saying no. Cindy Verschoor with the Smart Metering Program says Hydro will to work with customers who refuse meter installation by answering their questions and addressing concerns. The … [Read more...]

BC Hydro warns contractors looking to help with Superstorm Sandy

BC Hydro is trying to make sure line contractors aren't leaving the province high and dry during storm season. In letter BC Hydro warns contractors of fines, and quote 'difficulty in obtaining future work", if they don't meet deadlines and responsibilities here in order to leave to help with Superstorm Sandy clean up efforts in the U.S. Hydro … [Read more...]

An extension for BC Hydro

B-C Hydro is getting some more time to develop its integrated resource plan, which will lay out how it plans to meet BC's electricity needs for the next 20 years. The utility was supposed to submit the plan by December third, but that deadline has been extended until August third. The Energy Ministry says the extension is needed because power … [Read more...]

BC Hydro says sorry but won’t remove smart meter homeowner didn’t want

BC Hydro is apologizing, after crews installed a smart meter at a home in Surrey without the owner's permission.  Patti, who did not want to use her last name, says she said no to a smart meter this spring.  But in early July, she says she arrived home to find her granddaughter in tears, saying people had jumped her locked gate and had … [Read more...]