Put BC Hydro rate increase in perspective

To the editor:

I’m writing in reference to BC Hydro’s announced rate increases, which could be as much as 50 per cent over the next few years.

I suspect many people in 100 Mile House are probably cringing at the thought of paying more for electricity.

Well, I’m originally from Ontario, and I would like to encourage 100 Mile House Free Press readers to put BC Hydro’s rate increases into perspective. Electricity rates in Ontario are double what they are in British Columbia, and they’re headed higher as coal-fired plants are pulled from service.

People in B.C. just don’t realize how lucky they are to have relatively inexpensive, cleanly-generated hydroelectricity. Keeping these hydroelectric assets in good working shape is well worth the cost.

And in the end, I can guarantee you B.C. is still going to have one of the lowest electricity rates in North America.


Matthew Enns