We ensure customers have access to safe, reliable energy service at a fair price, while allowing the utility the opportunity to earn a fair return on its investment.
The BCUC regulates public energy utilities within its jurisdiction by:
The BCUC reviews and approves public utility rates charged to customers. In the review of these rates, the BCUC will consider whether these rates are just, reasonable, and fair.
A public utility may require approval from the BCUC before building, enhancing, or operating a plant, system, or extension. In the review of these projects, the BCUC considers whether the project is needed and that the project is in the public interest.
Public utilities must file all of their contracts to purchase energy from a third party to the BCUC for our acceptance. If the BCUC initially determines that the energy supply contract is in the public interest, the contract may be accepted for filing without a hearing. If the BCUC initially determines that the contract may not be in the public interest, the BCUC initiates a public hearing process.
The BCUC keeps informed about the activities of public utilities for the safety and convenience of the public. We do this by monitoring changes to their capital structure, sales and purchases of properties or resources, building of infrastructure, and equipment they use. We also ensure public utilities are in compliance with BCUC orders and directions and legislation or regulations.
Persons or organizations in BC who own or operate equipment or facilities for the production, generation, storage, transmission, sale, delivery or provision of energy for compensation to light, heat, cool or power to your home or business.
Public utilities deliver energy to your home or business. They generally produce, store and/or transmit energy. They also deal with a power outage or emergency, and read your meters.
Learn more by reading our What is Energy Utility Regulation Fact Sheet.
The BCUC regulates the following energy utilities:
|Utility Name||Utility Type|
|3CP Energy Utility Company Ltd.||Stream A Thermal Energy System|
|ATCO Electric Yukon (previously, Yukon Electrical Company)||Electricity|
|Big White Gas Utility Ltd.||Gas (Propane)|
|British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority||Electricity|
|Cal-Gas Inc. (now owned by CanWest Propane ULC)||Gas|
|Connect TES (formerly Axsiom Geo Energy Corp.)||Stream A Thermal Energy System|
|Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc.||Electricity, Propane, Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems|
|Creative Energy Vancouver Platforms Inc.||Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems|
|FortisBC Alternative Energy Services||Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems|
|FortisBC Energy Inc.||Natural Gas|
|Hemlock Utility Services Ltd.||Electricity|
|Kyuquot Power Ltd.||Electricity|
|Lake Okanagan Resort||Electricity|
|Onni Group||Stream A Thermal Energy System|
|Pacific Northern Gas (N.E.) Ltd.||Natural Gas|
|Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (West)||Natural Gas|
|Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (Granisle)||Gas (Propane)|
|Resort Gas (formerly Sun Peaks Utility Co. Ltd.)||Gas (Propane)|
|River District Energy LP||Stream B Thermal Energy System|
|Shannon Estates Utility LTD. (formerly Shannon Wall Centre Rental Apartments Limited Partnership)||Stream B Thermal Energy System|
|Silversmith Power and Light Corporation||Electricity|
|Sustainable Services Limited||Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems|
|Stargas Utilities Ltd.||Gas|
|Superior Propane||Gas (Propane)|
|TAB Utility||Stream A Thermal Energy System|
|Vancouver Cambie Parc Holdings Inc.||Stream A Thermal Energy System|
|Vancouver Kingsway Holdings Inc.||Stream A Thermal Energy System|
|Vancouver Parc 26 Holdings Inc.||Stream A Thermal Energy System|
The BCUC conducts public, open, and transparent review processes of the applications it receives from regulated energy utilities. To see open and closed energy utility proceedings, please see our Proceedings page. For a list of the BCUC’s decisions on energy utility applications, please visit our Orders and Decisions page.