BC Hydro paid billions for energy it did not want at urging of former authorities, report claims


VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — You’re paying lots of of a yr additional in your hydro invoice because of errors by the previous BC Liberal authorities, based on a report launched by the province.

The report claims the Liberal authorities “manufactured an pressing want for energy” whereas on the identical time limiting how the facility supplier may procure the power, which artificially inflated the price of energy.

The invoice totals $16.2 billion that prospects will probably be paying for over the subsequent 20 years, to the tune of $200 annually ($four,000 whole per buyer).

Minister of Vitality, Mines and Petroleum Assets Michelle Mungall, whose ministry launched the report, says the $16-billion determine is a conservative estimate and British Columbians have already lined off $three.2 billion.

“British Columbians are paying extra on their hydro payments due to the earlier authorities’s decisions,” Mungall says in a media launch.

“Skilled employees inside authorities and BC Hydro warned them in opposition to that plan of action, however that authorities refused to hear. Consequently, these contracts have already value prospects $three.2 billion and are set to value billions extra over the subsequent 20 years.”

Vitality ‘not truly required’

Former B.C. Treasury Board Director Ken Davidson compiled the 90-page report that claims the Liberals pressured BC Hydro to signal prolonged, costly contracts with impartial energy producers.

He says the B.C. Liberal’s coverage to make BC Hydro self-sufficient included blocking the facility producer from increasing its personal producing capability or importing energy to fulfill calls for.

The federal government then re-calibrated BC Hydro’s power plan to appear like there was an pressing want for eight,500 gigawatt hours (GWh) annually.

That power “was not truly required,” based on Davidson.

Nonetheless, the report claims BC Hydro was pressured to signal the contracts that can consequence not solely in ratepayers footing an enormous invoice, however BC Hydro dropping a further $6.eight billion promoting power to you at a decrease value than it’s shopping for it from IPPs.

Report recommends reversal of ‘self-sufficiency’ mandate

Davidson, who labored as director in provincial treasury and treasury board employees from 1989 to 1997 makes quite a lot of suggestions in his report, together with new contract renewal practices that will enable BC Hydro to make provides to buy power solely on the market charge.

He additionally recommends reversing the BC Liberals “self-sufficiency” mandate that he says interfered with the power planning course of.

Lastly, the British Columbia Utilities Fee (BCUC) ought to have its mandate of oversight restored “to guard the pursuits of ratepayers,” Davidson stated.