Cheap natural gas for B.C.?

By on December 29, 2015

Letters to the EditorLetter to the Editor:

The natural gas powered Shepard Energy  facility is now up and running and will offer its best customers in Calgary the minimal pricing of 8 cents per kWh until 2020 !  Natural gas is hard and firm power for any utility  and not subject to a lack of wind or sun. It is cheap and readily available.

We, on the other hand, here in BC will be paying almost 8 cents per kWh on the first 710 kWh and then 12 cents on any additional kWh of energy after the initial 710.  (We have a two tier pricing regime whereas the natural gas powered Shepard remains on a single tier of 8 cents/kWh)

Here are the other fiscal factors for BC customers:

Price increase in 2016 – 4%

Price increase in 2017- 3.5 %

Price increase in 2018 – 3 %

Price increase in 2019 and 2020- to be determined   

NO INCREASES for Shepard Energy Centre customers in Calgary until at least 2020.

If you are  a typical household of 4 people you may well be consuming an average of  about 2000 kWh/ month. Doing some simple math, by the end of 2020, you will have paid $2900 more than the same typical family in Calgary, using the Shepard Energy Centre’s natural gas powered system.

Maybe it is time to ask our Premier and our Energy Minister here in BC, why we can’t use our own natural gas to our benefit, as they do in Alberta?  Here’s the easy answer: It is against the law here in BC to use our own natural gas!

Rick Koechl

Mike Kroecher

Charlie Lake residents

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