2012 Bulletin Index

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Our Transmission Scheduling bulletins for 2012 are listed below. Select another year to the right to view bulletins from the archive.

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January - April

Interim Transmission Rates Effective 1 April 2012

Posted on April 26 , 9:41 a.m.

Effective 1 April 2012 BC Hydro has revised the Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) Rate Schedules to reflect the new interim rates approved by BCUC Order G-17-12.

2012 Annual Network Economy Report

Posted on April 23 , 9:41 a.m.

Further to the bulletin posted on April 11, 2012, BC Hydro is pleased to post the 2012 Annual Network Economy Report.

Long Term PTP Transmission Queue

Posted on April 12 , 9:39 a.m.

The Long Term PTP Transmission Queue [PDF, 97 KB] has been updated. Please click the link to view the updates.

2012 Network Economy Meeting

Posted on April 11 , 9:39 a.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) for the November to February period.

For the last few 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 will be posting an Annual Network Economy Report by April 23, covering 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 7, 2012.

Extended Windows for Good Friday

Posted on March 26 , 9:41 a.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of extended windows [DOC, 54 KB] for purchasing transmission for Good Friday, April 6, 2012.

Electric Industry Registry (EIR)

Posted on March 15 , 9:41 a.m.

Further to the bulletin posted on January 17, please refer to the NAESB letter [DOC, 37 KB] addressed to TSIN Users regarding the conclusion of training for the webRegistry tool that will be replacing TSIN, the location of materials that can assist you in the re-registration process of entity codes/sources/sinks, and when registration of these points commences.

Alberta to BC Firm Sales Limit

Posted on February 29 , 9:41 a.m.

Please be aware that BC Hydro plans to consult with customers regarding the potential of refiling its application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission to limit the availability of long-term firm service on the Alberta to BC path to 385 MW. As part of that Application, BC Hydro currently anticipates that it will request that the Commission nullify any agreements for long-term firm service that were offered based on capacity being available in excess of the 385 MW limit and that the associated transmission service requests be reinstated to their queue position. If the application were to be approved, service agreements for long-term service on the AB>BC or AB>US paths based on capacity being available in excess of the 385 MW limit may be nullified at a future date by the Commission.

Extended Windows for Presidents' Day

Posted on February 14 , 9:41 a.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of the extended windows [DOC, 51 KB] for purchasing transmission for Presidents' Day, Monday, February 20, 2012.

Rate Schedule 09 – Loss Compensation Service Extension

Posted on February 7 , 9:41 a.m.

BC Hydro is contemplating changes to OATT Rate Schedule 06 - Energy Imbalance Service, and Rate Schedule 09 - Loss Compensation Service. We expect to have draft changes to the proposed rate schedules ready for consultation with customers in mid-March. As Rate Schedule 09 expires March 1, 2012, BC Hydro will be requesting the BCUC to approve a further one year extension of the current Rate Schedule 09 to allow for customer consultation of proposed changes and to accommodate a regulatory process. If you have any comments or concerns please forward them to Gordon Doyle by email, or by phone at 604-623-3815 before February 15, 2012.

Commission Order G-4-12

Posted on January 19 , 9:41 a.m.

On December 14, 2011, BC Hydro applied to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (Commission) to amend Attachment C of its Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) to limit sales of firm transmission service on the Alberta to British Columbia path to 385 MW until such time as the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) relieves constraints on its system to allow additional energy to reach the Alberta.British Columbia border.

On January 18, 2012 the Commission issued Order No. G-4-12 denying BC Hydro’s application. Attached is a copy of the Commission’s decision.

Electric Industry Registry (EIR) – Upcoming Webinars and More

Posted on January 17 , 9:39 a.m.

Further to the bulletin posted on December 22, 2011 at 10:34 a.m., NAESB has now developed a page on its website to provide up-to-date information about important dates, information about the transition, FAQs, and scheduled training sessions. This webpage is located at http://www.naesb.org/weq/weq_eir.asp.

The EIR is in the final stages of implementation and Acceptance Testing. Acceptance Testing is being held January 17-19 at the OATI Data Center in Minneapolis, MN. Contact OATI at support@oati.net for information about Acceptance Testing.

NAESB and OATI will host a series of 90-minute EIR information session webinars that will begin in February and continue into March. Due to limited space in the webinars, interested parties should RSVP to the NAESB office at naesb@naesb.org. Include your name, company, and the date and time of the webinar you wish to attend. Parties will then be provided with the conference call and webcast information. Webinar topics include background, project history, functionality, project schedule, and the communication process.

Extended Windows for Martin Luther King Day

Posted on January 6 , 9:41 a.m.

BC Hydro is pleased to visually clarify the opening of the extended windows [DOC, 54 KB] for purchasing transmission for Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16, 2012.