BC Gas wants to raise natural gas rates by 27%

The British Columbia Utilities Commission has approved large rate increases for BC Gas customers in the Lower Mainland and the interior of the province starting January 1, 2001. These rate hikes will have severe consequences for people with low and fixed incomes. It could cost between $500 - $700 more this year to heat an average home with natural gas. People on income assistance, seniors, tenants and others will be forced to choose between heating their homes and buying food, medicine, clothes and paying their rents.

The federal and provincial governments are offering fuel and energy rebates to low and moderate income earners. Check the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre's February 2001 newsletter (in PDF) for more information. If you are having difficulty with the gas company skhan [at] bcpiac [dot] com (email BC PIAC.)