As more British Columbians choose low carbon transportation options, energy utilities are offering services to support this transition.

The BCUC regulates energy utilities in British Columbia to ensure utilities provide safe, reliable services, and that the rates they charge to customers are reasonable.

BCUC's Role

The BCUC reviews rate applications from public utilities that are offering public electric vehicle charging services, fleet electrification, and natural gas for transportation, in accordance with the Clean Energy Act, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation, and Utilities Commission Act.

  1. Electric Vehicles Public Fast Charging

    Public utilities are permitted to invest in electric vehicle charging stations that meet criteria under section 5 of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation. The BCUC approved the following rates for public utilities’ electric vehicle fast charging service in British Columbia (BC).

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    Charger Power Level per kilowatts (kW) FortisBC1 BC Hydro2
    25 kW-$0.12/minute
    50 kW$0.26/minute$0.21/minute
    100 kW$0.54/minute$0.27/minute

    1 The BCUC approved FortisBC’s permanent rates by Order G-350-21.
    2 BC Hydro’s current interim rates are in effect by Order G-89-21. BC Hydro will file an application for permanent electric vehicle fast charging rates by December 31, 2022. BC Hydro’s electric vehicle charging rates are tied to BC Hydro’s general rates. When BC Hydro’s general rates change, electric vehicle charging rates will also change.



  2. Electric Fleet Charging

    Electric fleet charging rates apply to eligible BC Hydro customers who operate electric fleet vehicles or vessels that they own or lease, such as electric transit bus fleets. These rates are for customers who use BC Hydro’s charging service for 150 kW and over.

    In 2020, the BCUC approved BC Hydro's Overnight Rate for overnight fleet charging at a depot and a Demand Transition Rate for in-route charging during fleet operating hours by Order G-67-20. The fleet charging rates for BC Hydro were in response to customer requests and to encourage conversion of fleet vehicles and vessels from fossil fuels to electricity.

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    Charge Type Description Overnight Rate Demand Transition Rate
    Basic Charge This is a daily amount that partially recovers fixed customer-related costs, including metering, billing, payment processing, collections, and distribution system costs such as electrical lines and transformers. $0.2672/day $0.2672/day
    Energy Charge Measured in kilowatt per hour (kWh) of electricity used. $0.0746/kWh $0.0917/kWh
    Demand Charge This is the rate at which electricity is used. Peak demand is the highest rate of electricity use during a period of time. Electricity use is measured per month or every two months and customers are billed for their highest point of electricity consumption. Free between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
    $12.34/kW for all other hours.
    Free from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2026.
    this time, the rate will match the Large General Service Demand Charge until March 31, 2032.



  3. Zero Emissions Vehicles Charging in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

    Most electric vehicle charging takes place at home. However, many apartments, townhouses, and strata buildings do not have the infrastructure to support charging electric vehicles in their parking areas - according to our Electric Vehicle Inquiry Phase 1 Report (page 19).

    In April 2019, the BCUC approved BC Hydro's application to facilitate more zero emissions vehicles1 charging at home by Order G-92-19. Residential customers living in multi-unit residential buildings can combine their billing from multiple electric meters (e.g., separate meters for an apartment unit and for electric vehicle charging in an underground parking stall) under one account so that they pay one Basic Charge for all electricity consumed instead of having multiple accounts.

    1 The Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Act defines ZEV as a motor vehicle that is propelled by electricity or hydrogen from an external source and emits no greenhouse gases at least some of the time while the motor vehicle is being operated. As BC Hydro is an electric utility, this Electric Tariff amendment enables customers to have an additional meter installed for their electricity needs.


  4. Natural Gas for Transportation

    Under section 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation, public utilities may;

    • provide grants or zero-interest loans to persons in BC for the purchase or conversion of eligible vehicles and machines that is fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquified natural gas (LNG), and
    • construct or purchase CNG or LNG fuelling station(s), including distribution and storage facilities up to maximum ceiling amounts and time limits.

    The BCUC approved the following FortisBC Energy Inc. CNG and LNG stations and associated station rates as of May 1, 2022.

    View rates for Natural Gas Transportation

    Location    Fuel Type Maximum Station Rate/GJ1 Third Party Access Rate Change Date Rate Schedule or Tariff Supplement Number
    Abbotsford LNG $6.830 Yes January J-3, J-9, J-27, J-34, J-54
    Abbotsford CNG $11.190 Yes January J-8, J-66, RS 6P
    Abbotsford CNG $8.530 No July J-17
    Burnaby CNG $15.627 Yes July J-6, J-24, J-25, J-31, J-32, J-43, J-50, J-51, J-52, J-53, J-57, J-69
    Coquitlam CNG $4.298 No January J-4
    Coquitlam CNG $3.366 No January J-2
    Delta CNG $9.588 Yes July J-60, J-61, J-62, J-63, J-64, J-65, J-67, J-68, J-70, RS 6P
    Kamloops CNG $13.770 Yes January J-20, J-44, J-48, J-58
    Kelowna CNG $11.857 No July J-16
    Kelowna CNG $10.669 Yes July J-7, J-12, J-21, J-55, RS 6P
    Kelowna CNG $11.462 No September J-5
    Langford CNG $13.4792 Yes January J-11, J-13, J-19, J-36, J-38, J-41, J-47
    Langley LNG $10.514 Yes July J-10, J-18
    Nanaimo CNG $15.988 Yes January J-26, J-28, J-33, J-35, J-37, J-42, J-71
    Richmond CNG $10.791 No January J-49
    Richmond CNG $11.666 No January J-40
    Vancouver CNG $7.789 No July J-30
    Vancouver CNG $10.981 No November J-15

    1 Where applicable, the Spot Charge, Short-term Charge, and Host Fee station charges have been included. User rates may vary depending on the terms of the applicable fueling services agreement
    2 Station rates reflect the highest permanent rates approved.



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