Two tier electricity pricing hits North Island hard

BC Hydro’s two tier pricing is leaving many people in the North Island with extremely high bills and for some that means the possibility of disconnection.

North Island MLA, Claire Trevena, has written to the BC Utilities Commission to urge a review of the policy for those communities where there is no option to BC Hydro and electricity.

“My office hears from numerous people who are facing massive bills because they have gone into the second tier. But for many people there is no choice – it is electricity or nothing,” said Trevena.

“The BC Liberals have increased the cost of hydro to untenable levels; they’ve taken away retrofit programmes which helped bring down the cost. All that’s left are massive bills for people who are already under pressure.”

Trevena says she recognizes that two tier pricing is supposed to reduce consumption but that does not help people who have no alternative fuel source.

She is asking BCUC to find an alternate system for those who rely solely on BC Hydro for power.

Letter to BCUC on two-tier billing

Claire was first elected May 17, 2005 as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for North Island and was re-elected May 12, 2009 and again on May 14, 2013. She is currently Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Transportation, which also includes BC Ferries.