Rates for FortisBC electricity customers rose 1.6 per cent Saturday after the company received approval from the BC Utilities Commission.
FortisBC spokesman Michael Allison told 103.5 Juice FM it’s unusual to have two rate increases in one year — power rates also went up 3.5 per cent on Jan. 1 — but it doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be a further increase next year.
The increase is necessary to upgrade the electrical system and buy added capacity during peak times, the company said.
“We understand that our customers are concerned with the cost of electricity, as it touches everyone’s daily lives,” said Roger Dall’Antonia, executive vice president. “We continue to work internally to find efficiencies and make sure that we deliver safe and reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost.”
FortisBC serves much of West Kootenay and also sells power to Nelson Hydro.