2003 Legislative Session: 4th Session, 37th Parliament
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HONOURABLE RICHARD NEUFELD
MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINES
|2||Sale of protected assets prohibited|
|4||Power to make regulations|
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:
1 In this Act:
"authority" has the same meaning as in the Hydro and Power Authority Act;
"commission" has the same meaning as in the Utilities Commission Act;
"protected assets" means any of the following in respect of which, on the date on which this Act receives First Reading in the Legislative Assembly, a certificate of public convenience and necessity has been granted, or has been deemed to have been granted, to the authority under the Utilities Commission Act:
(a) those generation and storage assets identified in the Schedule to this Act;
(b) equipment or facilities for the transmission or distribution of electricity;
"reference" means the request for recommendations made under Order in Council 253/2003;
"service" has the same meaning as in the Utilities Commission Act.
2 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the authority must not sell or otherwise dispose of the protected assets.
(2) Nothing in subsection (1) prevents the authority from disposing of protected assets if
(a) the assets disposed of are no longer fit for their intended purpose,
(b) the assets disposed of are no longer used or useful,
(c) the assets disposed of are to be replaced with one or more assets that will perform similar functions, or
(d) the disposition is in accordance with one or more of the agreements designated by the Lieutenant Governor in Council under section 3 of the Transmission Corporation Act.
3 Without limiting any other obligation of the commission or the authority,
(a) the commission must, when setting rates of the authority, comply with any regulations, including, without limitation, any general or special directions, made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council under this Act, and
(b) the authority must provide the service required by the regulations made under this Act, in accordance with
(i) the terms and conditions specified in those regulations, and
(ii) the rates set by the commission in accordance with the regulations.
4 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations referred to in section 41 of the Interpretation Act.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1) of this section, section 3 of the Utilities Commission Act or section 35 of the Hydro and Power Authority Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make any regulations the Lieutenant Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable to respond to the recommendations made by the commission in response to the reference, including, without limitation, any of the following regulations:
(a) to amend any regulation made under any of the Utilities Commission Act, the Hydro and Power Authority Act and the Transmission Corporation Act;
(b) to issue directions to the commission specifying the factors, criteria and guidelines that the commission must or must not use in regulating and setting rates for the authority that are applicable to the service referred to in section 3 (b) of this Act.
5 The Hydro and Power Authority Privatization Act is repealed.
6 (1) Despite section 24 (3) of the Hydro and Power Authority Privatization Act, as it read before the coming into force of this Act, any designation under which Terasen Inc. or Terasen Gas Inc. or any of their respective predecessors is or became a special company under Part 2 of the Hydro and Power Authority Privatization Act is revoked.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), none of the provisions of Part 2 of the Hydro and Power Authority Privatization Act as it read before the coming into force of this Act apply to Terasen Inc. or to Terasen Gas Inc.
Those generation and storage assets commonly known as the following:
|Bridge River||Peace Canyon|
|G. M. Shrum||Stave Falls|
|Hugh Keenleyside Dam (Arrow Reservoir)||Strathcona|
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