Explanation sought for FortisBC rate hikes

Four governments from the region are calling on the province to explain the necessity of increased FortisBC utility rates.

Four governments from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region are calling on the province to explain the necessity of increased FortisBC utility rates.

Representatives from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and the Penticton, Osoyoos and Lower Similkameen Indian Bands have sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark, expressing concern with the rate increases, the British Columbia Utility Commission’s reaction and the lack of response from FortisBC.

“Due to the challenge customers face with rising energy costs, heat and electricity have become a luxury in British Columbia,” the letter reads.