2015 Bulletin Index

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September – December

Additional webSmartOASIS Complimentary Training Sessions

Posted on December 29, 2:45 p.m.

Further to the bulletins posted on December 23, November 20, and October 26, BC Hydro is pleased to advise our OATT customers, using webOASIS, of the opportunity to take additional complimentary training sessions provided by OATI. Please register for one of the dates listed below by sending an email to registration@oati.net with the session date/time that you are interested in attending.

webSmartOASIS Training Sessions:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016        12:30 pm – 1:30 pm PST

Thursday, January 7, 2016        8:30am – 9:30 am PST

Thursday, January 14, 2016      8:30am – 9:30 am PST

Tuesday, January 19, 2016      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm PST

Thursday, January 21, 2016      8:30am – 9:30 am PST

Tuesday, January 26, 2016      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm PST

Thursday, January 28, 2016      8:30am – 9:30 am PST


Extended Windows for New Year's Day

Posted on December 24, 12:00 p.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of extended windows [DOC,39 KB] for purchasing transmission for New Year's Day, January 1, 2016.


Additional webSmartTag Complimentary Training Sessions

Posted on December 23, 1:10 p.m.

Further to the bulletins posted on October 26, 2015 and November 20, 2015, BC Hydro is pleased to advise our OATT customers, using webTag, of the opportunity to take additional complimentary training sessions provided by OATI. Please register for one of the dates listed below by sending an email to training@oati.net with the session date that you are interested in attending.

webSmartTag Training Sessions:

Monday, January 04, 2016            12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Wednesday, January 06, 2016        8:30 AM – 9:30 AM PST

Monday, January 11, 2016            12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Wednesday, January 13, 2016        8:30 AM – 9:30 AM PST

Monday, January 18, 2016            12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Wednesday, January 20, 2016        8:30 AM – 9:30 AM PST

Monday, January 25, 2016            12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Wednesday, January 27, 2016        8:30 AM – 9:30 AM PST


Extended Windows for Christmas Day

Posted on December 11, 3:54 p.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of extended windows [DOC, 44 KB] for purchasing transmission for Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2015.


Long Term Rollover and Competing Process

Posted on December 8, 10:45 a.m.

On 03 December 2015, BCPS submitted two applications for transmission service via ARef#81949205 and ARef#81949206 with request type ‘Renewal’ to rollover its current contracts of 50MW each on the BCHA-AESO Path for a term of 5 years (the Rollover Request).

BC Hydro has completed an evaluation on the Long Term Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Requests and identified two requests in the queue submitted in 2011 as the Competing Requests. These Competing Requests have met all criteria outlined in section 4 of BC Hydro’s Rollover Rights of Long Term Firm Transmission Service Business Practice. Details of the Competing Requests in priority sequence are:

A. ARef#76072650 submitted on 19 August 2011 by BCPS requesting transmission capacity of 50MW for a 6-year term with service starting 1 January 2017 on the BCHA–AESO Path.

B. ARef#76072651 submitted on 19 August 2011 by BCPS requesting transmission capacity of 50MW for a 6-year term with service starting 1 January 2017 on the BCHA–AESO Path.

BC Hydro will process the Competing Requests, one at a time, starting with the Competing Request in the higher queue priority.

Pursuant to section 5 of BC Hydro’s Rollover Rights of Long Term Firm Transmission Service Business Practice, BC Hydro is initiating a Competing Process today, 8 December 2015. Outlined below are the steps that BC Hydro will take to execute the Competing Process:

1. On 8 December 2015, BC Hydro will counteroffer to BCPS’s ARef#76072650 (the Competing Request customer) by email. The Competing Request customer shall confirm its acceptance of the counteroffer within 15 Calendar Days via e-mail.

2. Once a counteroffer is accepted, BC Hydro will notify the Rollover Request customer of a required match to the Competing Request via e-mail.

3. Competing Process will continue with Rollover Request next in the queue.


Extended Windows for US Thanksgiving Day

Posted on November 20, 1:00 p.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of extended windows [DOC, 44 KB] for purchasing transmission for US Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015.


webSmartTag and webSmartOASIS Update

Posted on November 20, 11:00 a.m.

Further to the bulletin posted on October 26, 2015, BC Hydro would like to advise our OATT customers using webTag that access to production webSmartTag is now available to all current webTag users. To access webSmartTag, please use the URL https://www.tag.oati.com and use the same username and password you use for webTag. After logging in, the system will prompt you to choose whether you would like to use the webTag or webSmartTag GUI. Please be aware the webSmartTag button will be greyed out when an incompatible browser is being used. Currently, webSmartTag supports IE10 and higher, Firefox version 35 and higher, Chrome version 40 and higher, and Safari version 8 and higher. webTag and webSmartTag will continue running in parallel operation until May 01, 2016.

BC Hydro also would like to remind our OATT customers using webOASIS that access to the webSmartOASIS Demo System is available as of mid-November. webOASIS and webSmartOASIS will run in parallel operation for a minimum of three months before the existing webOASIS user interface is retired.  If you missed the previous information sessions, please register in one of the dates listed below by sending an email to training@oati.net with the session date that you are interested in attending.

Additional webSmartOASIS Information Sessions:

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Thursday, December 03, 2015 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Thursday, December 10, 2015 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Thursday, December 17, 2015 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM PST


Network Economy Test Results - November 18, 2015

Posted on November 16, 06:10 p.m.

Network Economy Test Results for November 18, 2015 [PDF, 12 KB] posted incorrectly. Please reference this bulletin for the correct test results.


Extended Windows for Remembrance Day

Posted on October 30, 12:50 p.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of extended windows [DOC, 31 KB] for purchasing transmission for Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015.


webSmartTag and webSmartOASIS Complimentary Training/Information Sessions

Posted on October 26, 12:55 p.m.

B.C. Hydro would like to advise our OATT customers using OATI’s webTag and/or webOASIS to take advantage of the complimentary training/information sessions below provided by OATI.


OATI’s webTag and webOASIS will be replaced by webSmartTag and webSmartOASIS in 2016. The new user interface changes include browser compatibility, increased performance, the ability to utilize multiple displays, and more customizable features. They include new features like ‘Dashboard’ display, which combines key modules of the system in a single display, Real-Time update for certain data, enhanced summary displays with improved filters and contemporary look. webSmartTag and webSmartOASIS support Internet Explorer (IE) version 10 and higher, Firefox version 35 and higher, Chrome version 40 and higher, and Safari version 8 and higher. There are no required plugins to install.


Access to demo webSmartTag is currently available for customer preview, and access to demo webSmartOASIS will be available mid-November. For access, please register in one of the training/information sessions below by sending an email to registration@oati.net with the system name and session date that you’re interested in attending.

webSmartTag Training Sessions:

- Monday, November 02, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

- Wednesday, November 04, 2015 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PST

- Wednesday, November 11, 2015 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PST

- Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

- Monday, November 16, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

- Wednesday, November 18, 2015 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PST

webSmartOasis Information Sessions:

- Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

- Thursday, October 29, 2015 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM PDT

- Tuesday, November 10, 2015 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM PST

- Tuesday, November 17, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM PST


Postings of “Planned Transmission Outages With Approved Status” and “Current Outages” are suspended

Posted on October 14, 12:15

Postings of “Planned Transmission Outages With Approved Status (Two Weeks Windows)” and “Current Outages” are suspended. There is an error in the process that persists on the new site pages. The postings are suspended until the problem can be resolved. We have no estimated time for a resolution at this time but it is actively being worked on.

The pages impacted are:


https://www.bchydro.com/energy-in-bc/our_system/transmission/transmission-system/transmission-outages/planned-trans-outages.html

https://www.bchydro.com/energy-in-bc/our_system/transmission/transmission-system/transmission-outages/current-transmission-outages.html


Loss Compensation Results - October 15, 2015

Posted on October 14, 10:20 a.m.

BC Hydro is experiencing technical difficulties which has impacted the posting of the Loss Compensation Actuals for October 15, 2015 [XLS, 24 KB]. Therefore we are posting the results to lessen the inconvenience to customers. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.


Network Economy Test Results - October 15, 2015

Posted on October 13, 6:10 p.m.

Network Economy Test Results for October 15, 2015 [PDF, 12 KB] did not post as expected this evening. Therefore, we are posting the results to lessen the inconvenience to customers. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.


BCUC Order on BC Hydro's OATT Tariff Supplement No. 80 Amendments Application

Posted on October 9, 2:35 p.m.

Further to the bulletins posted on July 10, 2015, and May 1, 2015 the British Columbia Utilities Commission issued Order No. G-158-15 [PDF, 112 KB] on October 8, 2015 approving BC Hydro's Application [PDF, 2.4 MB] to Amend TS 80, including housekeeping amendments to RS 07 and RS 08.