Nelson Hydro’s generation facility on the Kootenay River. File photo
Nelson Hydro’s generation facility on the Kootenay River. File photo

Nelson Hydro’s generation facility on the Kootenay River. File photo Nelson Hydro’s generation facility on the Kootenay River. File photo

Nelson Hydro finalizes 2.5% rate increase for 2022

The increase is effective Jan. 1

Nelson City Council voted for final adoption of a 2.5 per cent increase in urban and rural Nelson Hydro utility rates for 2022 at its Dec. 7 meeting.

The reasons for the increase are inflation, an increase in FortisBC rates, and increases in vegetation management activity. Nelson Hydro buys half of its power from FortisBC.

Nelson Hydro has changed its budget and billing year to begin on Jan. 1, a change from April 1 in previous years.

For the increase to rural customers, Nelson Hydro must apply to the B.C Utilities Commission, which it has done. The BCUC will not make a decision before Jan. 1 but has given the city interim approval to apply the increase on Jan. 1.

In a separate process, Nelson Hydro wishes to charge its rural customers at a higher rate than its urban customers because the utility says that maintenance costs are higher outside the city.

The permission of the BCUC is required to make this differentiated increase. Nelson Hydro applied to the BCUC in November, with a decision expected by March.

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bill.metcalfe@nelsonstar.com

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