Sponsors: City of Terrace
WHEREAS the electricity rates in British Columbia can be difficult for low-income households to pay;
AND WHEREAS electricity rates have increased significantly in the past 10 years and are expected to continue to increase in the next decade:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA lobby the Provincial Government to direct BC Hydro to develop an electricity affordability program for low-income residential customers and that a northern subsidy program be developed for over the winter months.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not specifically asked “BC Hydro to develop an electricity affordability program for low-income residential customers and that a northern subsidy program be developed for over the winter months.”
However, UBCM members have endorsed resolutions opposing two tier rates for electricity specifically in regions where natural gas is not an available alternative option for reducing electric heating costs (2015-B40, 2013-B85).
More generally, the Committee notes that UBCM members have endorsed resolutions supporting postage stamp, cost-based rates for electricity (1996-B7; 2001, 2002 and 2003 UBCM energy policy positions). In 2004, members endorsed resolution B87 which objected to BC Hydro’s proposed increase in electricity rates. Prior to that, resolution 1992-B99 requested that BC Hydro be encouraged to promote electric heating at equitable rates in homes that are adequately insulated, especially in areas were natural gas service is not available.