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bchydroregulatorygroup@bchydro.com                                                        December 20, 2012




Ms. Janet Fraser

Chief Regulatory Officer

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority

16th Floor, 333 Dunsmuir Street

Vancouver, BC   V6B 5R3


Dear Ms. Fraser:


Re:  British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro)

Remote Community Electrification Program

Electricity Purchase Agreement between

BC Hydro and Gitga’at Economic Limited Partnership


On December 14, 2012, pursuant to Section 71 of the Utilities Commission Act (UCA), BC Hydro filed with the Commission an Electricity Purchase Agreement between BC Hydro and Gitga’at Economic Limited Partnership (Seller), made as of November 21, 2012 (EPA).  Under the EPA, BC Hydro will purchase electricity generated by the Seller’s 0.95 megawatt micro-hydro project for the purpose of serving the remote community of Hartley Bay.


Section 71 of the UCA does not require a hearing before the Commission may accept an energy supply contract for filing.  BC Hydro submits that a hearing is not required for this EPA filing because the EPA does not result in any incremental costs to ratepayers and is in the public interest for the reasons set out in the filing.


BC Hydro, when making its EPA filing, provided a copy to Gitga’at First Nation, Gitxaala Nation and past interveners from BC Hydro proceedings.  BC Hydro suggests that if stakeholders who received a copy of the EPA filing wish to comment on the EPA, that they be provided with an opportunity to do so within 30 days as is consistent with the established practice for Remote Community Electrification applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity.


The Commission considers an opportunity for stakeholders to comment is warranted.  The Commission wishes to receive stakeholder comments on this EPA, if any, by Thursday, January 31, 2013.  The comments can be made in writing, or electronically via email to the Commission Secretary (Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com).  


After the comment period deadline, the Commission will make a determination on the EPA.


                                                                                                                                Yours truly,


                                                                                                                                Erica Hamilton


cc:           Chief Arnold Clifton, Gitga’at First Nation



David Benton, Gitga’at First Nation



                Chief Elmer Moody, Gitxaala Nation



William J. Andrews, BCSEA



                Leigha Worth, BCPSO




Christopher P. Weafer, CECBC



                David Craig, CECBC



Richard Stout, AMPC



                Brian Wallace, AMPC








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