Natural Gas Rates and Operating Agreements

FortisBC’s Application for Reconsideration and Variance of the February 25, 2013 BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) Decision Regarding Common Rates, Amalgamation and Rate Design Application and Need for Legislative Changes to Support Operating Fees – In follow-up to the presentation at the 2013 AVICC AGM & Convention, an Impacts of BCUC Decision Update has been developed to enable members to discuss this issue with newly elected MLA’s. The impact on our communities and region is significant. The City of Nanaimo has developed a template spreadsheet to assist staff in preparing some locally relevant statistics. A copy is available by email request to avicc@ubcm.ca. AVICC registered as intervener in the BCUC Phase 2 proceedings. To effectively contribute, AVICC hired Anthony Pullman a former BCUC commissioner to prepare our submissions. An Information Request was submitted on July 24 with FortisBC reply on August 13, 2013 [PDF]. Executive will be meeting with the Premier, Honourable Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Rich Coleman, Minister for Natural Gas during the UBCM Convention to discuss this issue. The pro-forma operating agreement template has been released by the legal advisors and will be reviewed by the Municipal Working Group on October 17.

Webinar – December 4th, 2013 – Municipal Operating Fees: Completion of Joint Discussions – Model Operating Agreement