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BC Hydro Makes You Foot The Bill For Other People With New Charge

BC Hydro Makes You Foot The Bill For Other People With New Charge

The recent BC heat wave caused some residents to turn up their ACs; however, they may notice that isn’t the only reason their BC Hydro bill is a bit higher this month.

As of June 1st, the energy provider added a $3 charge to each of their customers bills. Of course, this charge supports a fund for a specific population of customers – but it won’t benefit everyone.

Known as the Customer Crisis Fund, it  offers support for residential customers who are facing disconnection. Specifically, it offers help to customers facing disconnection who meet particular requirements.

For example, the fund supports individuals who have experienced a major life event within the past year that would cause financial stress. Further, customers must an outstanding balance of $1,000 or less to qualify. In addition, they must have demonstrated some attempt to make payments towards their bill.

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BC Hydro: Customer Crisis Fund

“The goal is to raise around $5.3 million a year. However, a substantial amount will go to bureaucracy, at least in the fund’s first year. The start-up cost is $600,000 and annual administration costs are expected to be around $900,000 per year,” reports Global News.

According to their website, maximum grants available are $600 for customers who heat their homes with electricity. Customers with non-electrically heated homes may apply for maximum $500 grants  (e.g. natural gas heat).

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