- Green = Combined gas and electric service area.
- Yellow = electric supply area.
A comprehensive map of the areas, and communities they serve can be downloaded as a .pdf file at:
Please note that although Penticton is shown on the map above, Penticton actually has it’s own private Electricity Utility, who administer their separate net metering system, more can be found at: http://www.solarinstalls.info/penticton/
Fortis BC™ are the supplier of electrical energy to homes and businesses in the Okanagan Valley and South Eastern BC, Canada. As such they are also the authority behind the Net Metering program that has been running since the BC Utilities Commission accepted their scheme in July 2009.Since then according to Fortis BC’s own figures ( Fortis’ submission document to the BCUC dated April 15th, 2016 ) approximately 100 schemes have been submitted and accepted by FortisBC™ for the Net Metering Program to date.
There have been several concerns expressed by folk who are members of the Net Metering scheme as to how the term ‘Net’ is applied by the billing department at Fortis. These concerns arise in part from their 2 tier metering/billing system whereby Fortis BC™ supply the first 1600kWh (Tier 1) in a 2 month period at a lower rate, currently 9.845¢per kWh and any excess consumption over1600kWh, currently at a ‘Tier 2’ rate of 15.198¢.
Most, if not all, of the current Net Metering clients are home owners who simply wish to keep their electricity bill and consumption as low as possible, especially in view of the low tier 1 cut off point. And as such are doing what they can to lower their electrical consumption (fitting LED bulbs instead of incandescents for example).
So it is surprising to find that when FortisBC™ bill, rather than using the financial dictionary definition of ‘Net’ which is Net=incoming less outgoing, they charge full price for supplied, and then only subtract the base rate for received. This is despite their stating in a document found at https://www.fortisbc.com/Electricity/CustomerService/NetMeteringProgram/Documents/FortisBC%20Electric%20Tariff%20-%20Schedule%2095.pdf: “1. Net metering shall be, for billing purposes, the net consumption at FortisBC™’s Service meter(s).”
kWh supplied in total for 2 month period = xkWh
Less kWh received (generated by client and sent ‘back’ though the meter to Fortis) for 2 month period = ykWh
‘Net’= x–y kWh.
The first 1600kWh of that ‘Net’ sum is billed at tier 1, the rest at tier 2.
However, FortisBC™ are billing like this:
Supplied under tier 1. Bill the Client for this at tier 1 rate.
Supplied under tier 2. Bill the Client for this at tier 2 rate.
Less Received at tier 1. Subtract at tier 1 rate.
Using a 2 month period (a worst case, mid winter, little solar radiation) where the client receives 2500kWh in total, and their panels only generate 600kWh, FortisBC™’s bill would read:
Tier 1: 1600kWh @ 9.845¢ per kWh. =$157.52
Tier 2: 2500-1600=900kWhr @ 15.198¢ per kWh. =$136.78
Less generated 600kWh @ 9.845¢ ($59.07)
Total Bill to Client= $294.30 – $59.07 = $235.23
But: Using Net in it’s correct way:
Supplied – generated = 2500-600 = 1900kWh
Tier 1: 1600kWh= $157.52
Tier 2: 1900-1600= 300kWh= $45.59
Difference in the two is $32.12 in FortisBC™’s favour!
BTW here are FortisBC™’s current rates, where one can see that ‘industry’ is charged at far lower rates!