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by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Apr 07 2011

The government of British Columbia has appointed a panel of senior officials to review BC Hydro and develop options to reduce the impact of hydro rate increases on B.C. families.

“Our goal is to find the right balance between investing in our hydro system, while keeping rates as low as possible for BC families – and this review will help us do just that,” said Energy...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Apr 07 2011

In partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, the Province of BC is extending and improving its LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program, where homeowners can receive more than $7,000 in rebates for energy saving improvements and equipment.

The program is extended for an additional two years and rebates for improvements like insulation, draft-proofing and high-...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Apr 04 2011

The effects of the massive Waneta Expansion Project on the communities of the greater Trail area are now being scrutinized by a socio-economic monitor, named to the project this week.

The partners in the Waneta Expansion project — Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corporation, and Columbia Basin Trust — announced the hiring of Cathy Scott-May, a local consultant, as the...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Friday Apr 01 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

A municipal finance twist that could have had many regional district taxpayers paying more this year instead will see a drop or no change in their taxation levels for 2011.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors delivered a bit of good news on Thursday as they nailed down the lid...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Apr 01 2011

The Province is creating new employment centres which will make it easier to help people find work and provide stability for their families. 

The new Employment Program of BC was developed after consultation with stakeholders across B.C. over the past three years.

The proposed employment centres integrate all of the services currently offered...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Wednesday Mar 30 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Although BC Hydro’s rate increase for 2011 may be frozen and under review by the Province, Nelson Hydro’s energy rate increase takes effect Friday.

Inflation, wage and material costs going up combine with increased wholesale power purchase costs to account for much of the needed 9.6 per cent increase...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Wednesday Mar 30 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Two projects that have caused hue and cry from some sectors of Nelson are still on the Provincial books as “proposed,” according to a major provincial projects report released recently.

New Future Building Group’s Kutenai Landing and the Glacier/Howser energy project pursued by Purcell Green Power are...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Wednesday Mar 30 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Another potential tax increase is preparing to hit Nelsonites as the regional district now begins to finalize the numbers on its 2011-2012 fiscal budget.

With 10 new services joining the roster of 140 for the Regional District of Central Kootenay this year — including Nelson Search and Rescue and...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Monday Mar 28 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

There is expected to be a 40 per cent increase in the demand for electricity in BC over the next 20 years, according to BC Hydro, and the Crown corporation is in the process of drafting a 20-year plan to meet those needs.

Public input on the Integrated Resource Plan is being garnered through 12 open...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Mar 25 2011

British Columbians will have an earlier vote on the HST than previously scheduled and it will be conducted under the authority of the Referendum Act.

The Referendum Act ensures a simple majority vote will determine the outcome of the referendum. Further details on the referendum will be finalized by an order-in-council, but the...

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