BC Hydro rates

BC Hydro has a two-step system. For step one, the rates are low. In step two, the rates are hi with “a view to encouraging conservation.”

In Ontario, the bills for electricity are often based on time-of-use, with a low rate at night, and high to moderate ones at different times of the day. All three charges are shown on bills.

BC Hydro has a two-step system. For step one, the rates charged are low. In step two, the rates are greatly emphasized, to quote Hydro, with “a view to encouraging conservation.”

BC Hydro claims to have one of the lowest electricity rates in North America. This could seem doubtful to householders who receive bills for hundreds of dollars, so a more understandable system like time-of-use might be more appealing.

The meters used by BC Hydro should be compatible with the newer system, which would also encourage conservation without inflicting penalties.

The big question is whether or not BC Hydro is likely to pay any attention to such suggestions.

Jim DrummondQualicum Beach