Site C Inquiry
Thank you for visiting the BCUC’s Site C Inquiry webpage. This is your source of information about the inquiry, and how you can participate.
The BCUC initiated this inquiry into BC Hydro’s Site C project, as directed by the Provincial Government in an Order-in-Council (OIC) on August 2, 2017.
The scope of the inquiry is set out in the government’s terms of reference for the OIC. The BCUC has been directed to examine the financial impact on BC Hydro ratepayers associated with continuing, suspending or terminating the Site C project.
The BCUC’s Site C Inquiry is following a two-stage process. The first phase consisted of fact gathering in which BC Hydro, Deloitte LLP, and members of the public made submissions of data and analysis that informed the Inquiry Panel’s preliminary report published on September 20.
Now in the second phase, the Inquiry panel will continue its open and transparent public consultation processes with a series of Community Input Sessions across the province. The public is also invited to comment on the preliminary report in writing. The submissions gathered during the second phase will inform the Inquiry Panel’s final report due to government on November 1.
About Site C
BC Hydro received approval from the provincial government to begin construction on Site C, an $8.8 billion project to construct a third dam and generating station on the Peace River in northeast BC, in December 2014. Site C is an exempt project under the Clean Energy Act, which means that the BCUC has no jurisdiction over the project. However, under section 5 of the Utilities Commission Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council can set terms of reference and direct the BCUC to inquire into any matter.
About the BCUC
The BCUC is a regulatory agency responsible for oversight of energy utilities and compulsory auto insurance in the province of British Columbia. It is the BCUC’s role to balance the interests of customers with the interests of the businesses we regulate. The BCUC carries out fair and transparent reviews of matters within its jurisdiction and considers public input where public interest is impacted.
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