Growing hydro bills are forcing some to make choices
The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre will present it’s case to the BC Utilities Commission over the next couple of days.
The Centre is intervening on behalf of seven organizations in a rare opportunity to ask the BCUC to order BC Hydro to implement programs for low income residential ratepayers including a discounted rate for electricity, low income customer rules, and a crisis intervention fund.
Keith Simmonds, a Minister with the Duncan United Church says he has seen an increasing number of people who are either facing disconnection or have already been cut off because they cannot afford to pay their BC Hydro bills….
One of the Advocacy group’s lawyers says about 10 per cent of BC Hydro residential customers live below Statistics Canada s Low Income Cut-off, which translates to about 170,000 customers.