Category Archives: British Columbia Electricity

The Gordon Campbell Legacy for Natural Resource Policy in British Columbia

George Hoberg March 4, 2011 Next week, after ten years as Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell will hand power over to Christy Clark. Natural resource policy has been one of the most dynamic areas of policy development during the … Continue reading

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Conservation Pricing: Can it be Environmentally Effective and Economically Fair?

Stephanie Taylor and George Hoberg March 1, 2011 (updated September 28, 2011) Electricity pricing in BC is a concept that is little understood, yet frequently the subject of grumbling by ratepayers, especially when rates are going up. Recent proposals by … Continue reading

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How Electricity Pricing Works in British Columbia

Stephanie Taylor and George Hoberg February 17, 2011 In the midst of a spending blitz, BC Hydro has applied to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) to increase residential electricity rates by an estimated 10% per year over the next three … Continue reading

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British Columbia’s New Clean Energy Act: A Preliminary Analysis

George Hoberg   The Government of British Columbia introduced its much anticipated Clean Energy Act today. The Act follows the government’s increasing assertions about it aspirations to become a “Clean Energy Powerhouse.” To lay the groundwork to pursue that mission, … Continue reading

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Why the BC Utilities Commission Rejected BC Hydro’s Long Term Plan

George Hoberg (with research assistance by Lisa Jung) August 1, 2009 (updated below on September 24, 2009) On July 27, 2009, the British Columbia Utilities Commission stunned the BC energy sector by rejecting the Long Term Acquisition Plan (LTAP) of … Continue reading

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Deconstructing the Green Energy Controversy in British Columbia

George Hoberg Talk delivered to PowerUp Canada Green Economy Dialogue, April 7, 2009 Controversy over renewable energy in British Columbia has been swelling over the past year, particularly over “run of the river power” projects being developed by independent power … Continue reading

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UBC Student Simulation: How should the Forecasted Electricity Supply Gap in British Columbia be Filled?

George Hoberg As part of a course on Sustainable Energy Policy and Governance, students participate in a simulated multistakeholder consultation about topical policy issues. Half of this year’s students simulated a debate about how to fill the forecasted electricity supply … Continue reading

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Electricity Trade in British Columbia: Are We a Net Importer or Exporter?

By George Hoberg and Christopher Mallon March 17, 2009 PDF here for printing and better graphics The conflict Electricity policy in British Columbia has become increasingly controversial over the past several years. The conflict has focused on new hydroelectricity projects … Continue reading

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Securing our future energy supplies requires integrated planning

By Greg Gowe and George Hoberg, Originally published in the Vancouver Sun February 13, 2009 The fundamental public policy problem associated with clean energy development in British Columbia is the lack of an integrated provincial or regional planning process for … Continue reading

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