PVEA has just filed a Complaint with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) over BC Hydro’s bypassing of the BCUC’s regulatory requirements, asking it to confirm its oversight of Site C. The project as it is proposed significantly exceeds what the BC government exempted from the requirement to obtain a Certificate for Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the BCUC in section 7 of the Clean Energy Act.

PVEA has posted a copy of its complaint here: https://keepingthepeace.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/ltr-13-07-24-open-pvea-to-premier-bb-et-al-re-bcuc-oversight-final-signed.pdf

As explained in the Complaint, the Proposed Site C is not captured by the exemption and BC Hydro is required by law to apply to for a CPCN before it begins construction or operations of Site C. BCUC oversight is important because the process for obtaining a CPCN involves just the kind of robust, transparent, thorough investigation and analysis that Site C needs. Despite this need, BC Hydro has indicated it will not be applying for the CPCN, denying ratepayers and the province from the protections they would gain from a BCUC process.