2017 Bulletin Index - January to April

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January to April

Extended Windows for New Month May 2017

Posted on April 25, 4:25 p.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of extended windows [PDF,149 KB] for purchasing transmission for the new month beginning on Monday, May 1, 2017.


Bank of Canada Foreign Exchange Rate

Posted on April 18, 10:32 a.m.

Further to the bulletins posted on January 26 and March 20, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), via Order G-54-17, approved and executed tariff pages for BC Hydro’s Electric Tariff and Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) regarding the Bank of Canada new daily average foreign exchange rate, which is effective May 1, 2017.


2017 Network Economy Meeting

Posted on April 13, 3:25 p.m.

Pursuant to British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) Order No. G-127-06, Appendix 1, the BCUC directed BC Hydro, then BCTC, to convene annual Network Economy Meetings to discuss, on a "without prejudice" basis issues arising with respect to the use of Network Economy. A standing agenda item for these meetings is to review the use of, and continued requirement for, a different Trigger Price (as defined in Section 1, Attachment Q-2).

For the last several years, BC Hydro solicited customer feedback to determine whether or not there was an interest to hold the annual meeting; there was a lack of interest in all years. However, in 2009 it was suggested that a meeting may not be necessary if BC Hydro prepared an annual Network Economy report showing trends and statistics along with explanations for the figures. Notwithstanding, it was requested that the requirement for an annual meeting remain in place. Subsequently, BC Hydro applied to the BCUC to not hold the Network Economy Annual Meeting in 2009 and to instead post an annual Network Economy report in lieu of holding the meeting, which was approved by the BCUC.

In 2010, BC Hydro requested permission from the BCUC to, again, not hold an annual Network Economy Meeting. Pursuant to BCUC Letter No. L-45-10, BC Hydro is only expected to convene an annual Network Economy Meeting if customers of BC Hydro expressly ask for a meeting by way of a letter to BC Hydro with a copy to the BCUC. BC Hydro is pleased to post its Annual Network Economy Report to Transmission Customers, which covers the same issues and in the same format as previous years. If, after reviewing the report, you believe an annual meeting is required, please send your letter to Brenda Ambrosi and copy the BCUC by May 2, 2017.


Extended Windows for Good Friday

Posted on April 5, 12:00 p.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of extended windows [PDF, 159KB] for purchasing transmission for Good Friday, April 14, 2017.


Interim F2018 Approved Rate Pages

Posted on April 3, 2:00 p.m

Further to the bulletins posted on March 3 and 23, and British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) Order Numbers G-5-17, G-39-17, and G-46-17, the BCUC has executed the Electric Tariff pages and the Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) pages, which sought an interim rate increase effective April 1, 2017.


OATT Scheduling Impacts – OVER

Posted on March 29, 2:35 a.m.

Further to the bulletins posted on March 9 and 27, BC Hydro is pleased to announce that the hardware upgrade on its MODS Production environment was successfully implemented and the MODS outage is over effective immediately. OATT scheduling resumes as normal. BC Hydro thanks its OATT customers for their cooperation and patience during this scheduling interruption.


OATT Scheduling Impacts on March 29 from 01:00-03:00 PPT - REMINDER

Posted on March 27, 3:25 p.m.

Further to the bulletin posted on March 9, this is a reminder to OATT customers that there will be impacts to scheduling on March 29 from 01:00-03:00 PPT due to hardware upgrades in the MODS Production environment. Please schedule around this outage period and refer to the March 9 bulletin for detailed impacts to scheduling. If the outage concludes ahead of schedule, another bulletin will be posted. 


Interim F2018 Rates Approved

Posted on March 23, 2:00 p.m.

Further to the bulletin posted on March 3, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), via Order Numbers G-39-17 and G-46-17, approved BC Hydro’s application for interim rate increases effective April 1, 2017. BCUC Order Number G-39-17 approved rate increases to the Electric Tariff. BCUC Order Number G-46-17 approved rate increases to the Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) Attachment H, Schedule 00, and Schedule 01. Another bulletin will be posted when in receipt of the approved tariff pages.


Bank of Canada Foreign Exchange Rate

Posted on March 20, 2:00 p.m.

Further to the bulletin posted on January 26, 2017, BC Hydro filed an application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission to amend its Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) and Electric Tariff where the tariffs reference to use of the Bank of Canada’s exchange rate. The proposed amendments reflect the use of the new Bank of Canada daily average exchange rate, effective May 1, 2017; including an amendment in section 4.2 of the OATT Attachment A, Umbrella Agreement for Short-Term Firm or Non-Firm Point-To-Point Transmission Service.


OATT Scheduling Impacts on March 29 from 01:00-03:00 PPT

Posted on March 9, 1:20 p.m.

On March 29, BC Hydro will be upgrading hardware on its Production environment of its scheduling system (MODS).  From 01:00-03:00 PPT there will be a MODS outage, which will impact BC Hydro’s OATT customers as follows:

  • BC Hydro Interchange schedulers will rely upon adjacent Balancing Authorities for energy management
  • BC Hydro interchange schedulers will perform curtailments manually in webSmartTag, if required
  • Emergency requests for energy from adjacent Balancing Authorities and BC Hydro LSEs will be accommodated
  • eTags and TSRs will neither be automatically processed nor validated, therefore customers are asked to schedule in advance around the outage time period
  • eTags and TSRs will be automatically processed by MODS when the outage is concluded
  • eTag adjustments downwards will be performed manually in webSmartTag
  • The outage may be lifted before the scheduled end time and if this occurs customers will be notified through the bulletin system once the hardware upgrade is complete

Please contact Brenda Ambrosi at 604-455-4203 if you have any questions.


Long Term PTP Transmission Queue

Posted on March 6, 2:45 p.m.

The Long Term PTP Transmission Queue has been revised. Previous version of the updates can be viewed at Archived LTPTP Transmission Queue Updates.


Interim F2018 Rates

Posted on March 3, 3:25 p.m.

In updating Rate Schedules to reflect fiscal 2018 rates, on March 1, 2017, BC Hydro submitted, to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), amended tariff pages in accordance with Order G-5-17 regarding BC Hydro’s 2015 Rate Design Application (RDA). As a result of this compliance filing, BC Hydro applied to the BCUC to amend its Rate Schedules effective April 1, 2017, on an interim basis, pending final BCUC decision regarding BC Hydro’s Fiscal 2017 to Fiscal 2019 Revenue Requirements Application. Amongst these amended rates are the Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) Attachment H, Schedule 00, and Schedule 01. Schedule 03 remains unchanged at this time. Both redlined and clean versions of these amended OATT schedules are located in Appendix D. Another bulletin will be posted when the rates are approved by the BCUC.


Extended Windows for Presidents' Day

Posted on February 7, 11:35 a.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of extended windows [PDF, 79 KB] for purchasing transmission for Presidents' Day, Monday, February 20, 2017.


Bank of Canada Foreign Exchange (FX) Rate

Posted on January 26, 4:08 p.m.

Effective 1 March 2017, the Bank of Canada will begin publishing new FX rates. The new rates will be a single rate reflecting the daily average exchange rate per currency pair, and will be published each day by 16:30 ET. Between March 1 and April 28, the Bank of Canada will publish the existing FX rates concurrently with the new FX rates. Commencing May 1, only the new FX rates will be published. To conform with these changes, BC Hydro is targeting May 1 to implement the new FX rate.


Extended Windows for Martin Luther King Day

Posted on January 6, 10:20 a.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of extended windows [PDF, 27 KB] for purchasing transmission for Martin Luther King Day, Monday January 16, 2017.