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BC HYDRO CLASS ACTION / BCUC
Contained here are submissions, responses, files and letters regarding the CSTS Class Action against BC Hydro. The BCUC deliberations re Smart Meter Opt-Out Fees have been ongoing since October 2013 and still have not reached their end. To review the proceedings to date, follow them chronologically in the records that follow.
Mailing address for the Smart Meter Class Action against BC Hydro:
Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
PO Box 52061
Beacon Ave. RPO
Sidney, BC V8L 5V9
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Updated Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program
for BC Hydro customers who are wondering what is going on with BC Hydro as of May 1, 2014
Opt-Out Sign for Analog in preparation for meter exchange (seal expiry announcement from Hydro)
1. CLASS ACTION
COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE:
2. IMMEDIATE ACTION:
Opt-out Sign for your ANALOG
3. WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?
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4. TAKE ACTION IN
Includes Applications for Approval of Charges Related to Meter Choices Program Compliance with BCUC Order . . . Decision Section - Failure to Read a Meter
Application for Approval of Charges Related to Meter Choices Program
BC Hydro writes in accordance with BCUC Order No. G-59-14, and in particular the following BCUC directive regarding circumstances where BC Hydro reads a meter for a Meter Choices Program customer less frequently than bi-monthly:
The Panel has considered circumstances where BC Hydro reads a meter less frequently than bimonthly but bills the customer a monthly charge to recover the costs of bi-monthly meter reading and determines that making such a charge is unjust and unreasonable. Accordingly, in the event that a Program customer's meter is read less frequently than bi-monthly the portion of the Monthly Charge attributable to bi-monthly meter reading costs, as approved elsewhere in this decision, must not be charged. The Panel directs BC Hydro to develop a solution to ensure these charges are just and reasonable, and only reflect meter reading costs for the frequency of actual meter readings. In developing its solution BC Hydro should also consider how, if subsequent to the date that the interim rates came into effect, a meter has been read less frequently than bi-monthly, it will apply the retroactive adjustment in a just and reasonable manner. This proposed solution must be filed for review with the Commission on or before June 30, 2014. . . .
IN THE MATTER OF BRITISH COLUMBIA HYDRO AND POWER AUTHORITY
BCUC has announced its decision and, sadly, appears to have sided with the government and BC Hydro nearly 100%. The monthly fees will be an outrageous $32.40 for a "legacy" meter and $20 for a smart meter with the transmitter turned off.
This decision is frustrating to say the least. We had believed that BCUC would do its job and consider what is best for customers. It is hard to understand the inconsistencies between the fees Fortis is allowed to charge, and those Hydro was granted. The only explanation is that the instructions that Minister Bill Bennett gave them last summer were heard loud and clear: the opt out fees will be high enough to make many take the smart meter.
This is the new British Columbia where we are told to pay the highest opt out fees in North America for the most expensive 'smart' meter program in North America, for meters that are dangerous, invasive, potential fire hazards, and rated as 2B, possibly carcinogenic to humans, by the World Health Organization. Regulations or laws? Who needs them when a directive can overrule them all; contracts can be based on fraud and lies; civil rights can be ignored; people can be intimidated, bullied and extorted. All achieved without democratic oversight.
Minister Bill Bennett, Premier Christy Clark and BC Hydro want us to give up and go away, but we are not finished fighting. Our civil rights and the safety/security of our homes are too important.
"Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." Frederick Douglass.
As stated within the BCUC Decision attached (page 77):
"NOW THEREFORE the Commission, for the reasons stated in the Decision issued concurrently with this Order, orders that:
1. The proposed Initial Charges for radio-off customers and proposed Monthly Charges for radio-off and legacy meter customers are denied.
2. The following charges for radio-off and legacy meter customers are considered just and reasonable and are approved on a permanent basis as follows:
a. Radio-off Meter Installation Charge (from existing legacy meter) - $22.60, effective April 1, 2014
b. Radio-off Meter Installation Charge (applicable eligible customers who move to a premises that has a smart meter installed and elect to have that smart meter replaced with a radio-off meter) - $77.60, effective April 1, 2014
c. Radio-off Meter Removal Charge (when replaced with a smart meter or to activate the radio in a radio-off meter) - $55.00, effective April 1, 2014
d. Monthly Charge for radio-off meter customers - $20.00, effective April 1, 2014
e. Monthly Charge for legacy meter customers - $32.40, effective December 2, 2013
3. The proposed Failed Installation Charge of $65.00 is approved on a permanent basis effective October 25, 2013.
4. The British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) is to provide notice to all Meter Choices Program customers of the approved charges for the Meter Choices Program as soon as practicable.
5. BC Hydro is to refund, as soon as practicable, to Meter Choices Program customers any difference in interim charges approved in Order G-167-13 and the final charges as approved in this Order, including interest at BC Hydro's most recent annual weighted average cost of debt for its most recent fiscal year.
6. BC Hydro is to file, within 30 days of this Order, the relevant Electric Tariff pages to show that the Tariff conforms to this Order and to the Decision that is issued concurrently.
7. BC Hydro is directed to comply with all other directives in the Decision issued concurrently with this Order.
DATED at the City of Vancouver, in the Province of British Columbia, this 25th day of April 2014.
Original signed by: L.F. Kelsey
B.C. Hydro Commercial Customers are now included in the CSTS class Action against BC Hydro
Until December 2013, BC Hydro has excluded business and commercial customers from their "Choices" program.
So, as of December 2, BC Hydro Commercial accountholders have been incorporated into the Civil Class Action against BC Hydro.
The following form is to be completed by those who fit the Class membership criteria listed on the form:
Between Nomi Davis (CSTS) and BC Hydro
Claim of the Plaintiff
Part 1: STATEMENT OF FACTS
B. The impugned conduct
i Residential Contract
ii. Commercial Contract
iii. Microwave Device is not necessary
D. The refusal (Residential)
D.2 The refusal (Commercial)
D.3 The Direct Communication
i. BC Hydro Communication
ii. Overlapping Issues
iii. Information withheld
iv. No notice to the plaintiff
E. The Residential Class
E.1 The Commercial Class
Part 2: RELIEF SOUGHT
Part 3: LEGAL BASIS
A. Rights and Freedoms
B. Causes of Action
Regarding Commission Panel Information Requests - March 14, 2014
BC Hydro Application for Approval of Charges Related to Meter Choices Program
RE: British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority ("BC Hydro") Application for Approval of Charges re: Meter Choices Program
The following is submitted on behalf of Citizens for Safe Technology Society ("CSTS") and Nomi Davis in accordance with the Commission's letter of February 24, 2014. All BCUC IR references herein pertain to the BCUC information request dated February 24, 2014.
March 13, 2014:
a sampling of many letters sent to BCUC, BC Hydro and the media re BC Hydro's "Meter Choices Program"
Commission Panel Information Request No. 1 to British Columbia Hydro and Power Authorityre Application for approval of charges related to Meter Choices Program
The Panel has examined the evidentiary record and the submissions of BC Hydro and Interveners and is of the view that further clarification of some issues is required. Accordingly, BC Hydro is requested to respond to the attached Commission Panel questions. Following receipt of BC Hydro's response, all parties are invited to provide a supplemental submission on the questions and responses, if any, according to the following regulatory timetable:
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