BCUC Establishes Process for Inquiry into the Regulation of Municipal Energy Utilities

By District Energy posted 08-05-2019 12:39

  

British Columbia Utilities Commission, Globe Newswire

Summary

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- By Order G-177-19, dated August 1, 2019, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has established an inquiry to examine the regulation of energy utilities affiliated with municipalities and regional districts (Inquiry). The Inquiry seeks to provide clarity to the BCUC, utilities and municipalities regarding the appropriate level of regulation required to meet the needs of stakeholders while respecting existing oversight tools and objectives at the local government level.

The Inquiry will explore the appropriate regulatory status, under the Utilities Commission Act (UCA), of utilities affiliated with municipalities and regional districts. This includes issues related to ownership structures and operational arrangements of such organizations.

Upon the completion of this Inquiry, the BCUC will consider if it is appropriate or necessary to:

  1. seek advance approval from the Government of BC to offer a class of cases exemption to municipalities and regional district energy systems in certain circumstances; and/or
  2. make a recommendation to the Government of BC to review the definition of a “public utility” within the UCA as it relates to such entities.

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