RV Rental Required

Looking for someone that  has an RV that they’d be interested in renting out for a family gathering on Sasquatch Trail for 4 nights (June 28,29,30 & July 1). The RV would primarily be used for sleeping accommodations for a couple with 2 small children.

Please contact Terry @250-689-7225
Rtcar@shaw.ca

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Penticton Airport flight service survey now available

 

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Travellers for work, business or pleasure can share their views on the flight service available at the Penticton Airport in a survey now on www.shapeyourcitypenticton.ca. The City and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen want to better understand the flight needs in the area in light of recent changes to the Vancouver service provided by Air Canada Express. The survey is open to anyone who travels through the Penticton Airport. Surveys will be accepted until April 6, 2019.

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March 2019 Letter from the AMCS President

February was filled with changes to the AMCS website, the webmaster and the email addresses of the AMCS executive directors.
Our new webmaster is Stan Teichroew who has taken over from Jim Gray. Please explore the new and improved AMCS Website and enjoy the changes: http://www.amcsbc.ca. Members and non-members can now subscribe to get updates from the website.
New email addresses to note:
president@amcsbc.ca (Jamie V. Wright)
vicepresident@amcsbc.ca (Giselle Leclair)
secretary@amcsbc.ca (Eileen Langlois)
treasurer@amcsbc.ca (e-transfers) (Stan Teichroew)
webmaster@amcsbc.ca (Stan Teichroew)
We wound up the “Live at the Summit Centre” Concert Series this season with our last concert March 2nd enjoying Papa Dawg’s performance. Great concerts again this year. Thank you to our Entertainment Chair (& Vice President), Giselle Leclair, for all her research, time and work in organizing the line-up and each event. Thank you also to everyone who volunteered tending the door, setting up & taking down chairs & tables, washing & drying dishes, vacuuming, operating the lights and all who helped cleanup and wash tablecloths. What a great sense of community when we get together.
There was a “Meet the Candidate” afternoon at the Summit Centre February 7th with Federal Conservative Candidate Helena Konanz and it filled the building with interested residents.
Remember that 2019 AMCS Membership dues notices have been sent out to members and advertisers and are due upon receipt. Thank you to all those who have paid.
Snow removal at the Summit Centre has been great this year. Thank you to James Paisley’s “Snowball Snow Removal” team.
Reminder of ENCOM test March 30th, 2019 @ 9:30 am:
Upon receiving the automated system call, people should phone their neighbours’ numbers assigned to them from the phone tree. Then when they receive the call from their area lead, peoples’ responses will be: “Yes, I have made my calls and contacted or left a message.” This will ensure the phone trees are working, in both the tests as well as in future emergencies.
Also, a “Good Neighbour” reminder to residents: Be respectful on your motorized snow machines and ATVs, regarding private property and no trespassing signs throughout the community. Everyone please be safe out there.

Jamie V. Wright
President, AMCS

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Fortis Rate Decision Explained

Several residents have asked me to explain the outcome of the Fortis rate application and the impact it will have on them. I have prepared the following summary. If you have any questions, I can be contacted at marty2tier@gmail.com

Nick Marty
Our electricity bills have two components: a monthly “Customer Charge” (that is currently $16.05) and a per kWh “Energy Used” charge. Prior to 2012, the Fortis’ “Energy Used” charge was a “Flat Rate”; that is each customer was charged the same per unit price.

• In 2008, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) switched BC Hydro from a “Flat Rate” to a “Two-Tier Rate”. Such a system was being used in California to promote greater energy efficiency. Under a two-tier rate, customers pay a higher rate when their consumption exceeds a designated “Threshold”. The California system had multiple thresholds; for example, a customer that used electricity for heating rather than natural gas would have a higher threshold to take into account the resulting higher electricity use. Similarly, different customers would have different thresholds reflecting the climate zone where they lived.
• The BCUC, however, misunderstood the concept and, erroneously, set the same threshold for all customers.
• In 2012, the BCUC required Fortis to switch from a Flat Rate to a Two-Tier Rate. Again the BCUC erroneously set the same threshold for all customers (800 kWh/month). In addition, the BCUC ignored the key design principle that the Tier 2 rate not exceed the cost of electricity supply. In 2018, Fortis’ Tier 2 rate was 58% above the cost of electricity supply.
• In response to complaints from residents such as us, the BCUC conducted three reviews of the two-tier rate system between 2013 and 2017, concluding in every case that it was working fine. In their 2017 Report to the Government, the BCUC concluded that the two-rate did not result in any cross-subsidization and it was “neither unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory or unduly preferential”. That same year, in their decision on BC Hydro rates, the BCUC rejected the option of returning to a flat rate.
• In response to complaints from residents like us, Fortis proposed, in its 2017 Rate Application, to move back to a flat rate, but to phase out the two-tier rate system over 5 years.

Fortis New Rates

• In the evidence AMCS-RDOS submitted to BCUC, we estimated that, since 2012, $30-40 million was transferred from residents using more than 15,000 kWh/year to those using less. Since space and water heating accounts for 78% of the total energy used by the average house; most houses that use electricity for this purpose were significantly overcharged and required to subsidize the rates of lower electricity-using customers (ie those using natural gas, propane, wood etc for space and water heating)
• AMCS-RDOS also presented evidence that under Fortis’ phase-out proposal, electric heat customers would cross-subsidize fossil fuel heated customers by an additional $14 million, with significant financial hardship continuing to be imposed on low and fixed income residents dependent on electricity for their heating needs. Moreover, FBC’s approved phase out of the two-tier rates would mean the continued promotion, until 2023, of inefficient energy consumption and increased greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. We presented evidence that Fortis’ phase-out proposal constituted undue discrimination in violation of the BC Utilities Act.
• The BCUC essentially ignored all the evidence put forward by AMCS-RDOS; neither agreeing with it nor refuting it. They approved Fortis’ phase-out proposal, so that no lower electricity-consuming customer would incur an increase in their rates of more than 3.5% per year.
• FBC also proposed the reopening of time-of-use rates to all residents on an optional basis (BCUC had discontinued the offering of time-of-use (TOU) rates to additional customers in 2012). While AMCS-RDOS supported an optional TOU rate system available to all customers, we expressed concerns, as did other interveners, about Fortis’ proposed rates which, by their own estimate, could result in those customers remaining with the default rate significantly cross-subsidizing the rates of TOU customers. The BCUC denied Fortis’ proposed TOU system, indicating that more work was needed on its development.

What Does This Mean For Residents?
• Your electricity rate is determined on a monthly or bimonthly basis. On average, if your annual electricity consumption is greater than 15,000 kWh (regardless of the reason), then you a paying an average rate greater than the flat rate and you are subsidizing the rates of those whose consumption is less than 15,000 kWh.
• Accordingly, if your annual consumption is greater than 15,000 kWh, your average rate for electricity used should decline over the next five years. For example, if your consumption in 2018 was 30,000 kWh, then you had 9,600 kWh in Tier 1 (10.117 cents) and 20,400 in Tier 2 (15.617 cents) and your average rate was 13.86 cents/kWh. If your consumption in 2019 stayed the same, then you will have 9,600 kWh in Tier 1 (10.394) and 20,4000 in Tier 2 (14.915) and your average rate will fall to 13.47 cents. You will also be paying an extra 53 cents a month for the Customer Charge.
• If your consumption is less than 15,000 kWh your electricity rate will increase as the cross-subsidization of your rate is phased out.
• As of January 1, 2023, all residents will be paying the same flat rate, currently forecast to be 11.749 cents/kWh, plus a $18.70 monthly customer charge (up from $16.05 per month in 2018). Of course, the actual rates may differ if Fortis’ revenue requirements are not met or are exceeded and they apply for a subsequent rate adjustment.
• With respect to those residents that are still a part of Fortis’ 2012 TOU system, it is not clear what the BCUC’s decision means. You will need to ask Fortis.

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Desert Valley Hospice Society “Burger and Beer” Fundraiser

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Desert Valley Hospice Society “Burger and Beer” Fundraiser is happening Saturday, March 30th at The Sage Pub in Osoyoos from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 for a burger and beverage, beer, wine or spirit. There will be a 50/50 draw and raffles for Go Green and Grow Green baskets! Come on out with a few friends for a meal and fun evening! Tickets are available at the SCC in Osoyoos, online at Eventbrite, Mills Office Supply in Osoyoos, Divine Ink in Oliver and at the door.

Mailing: PO Box 1261 Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

Phone: 250-495-1590 Cell: 250-535-1182

http://www.desertvalleyhospice.org/

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Fortis Rate Changes

For those wondering what will be the impact on their electricity bills of the BCUC’s decision to phase out the two-tier rates, the table below shows how the rates will change on January 1st of each year.

 

Fortis New Rates

(provided by Nick Marty)

Full Report at

https://www.bcuc.com/Documents/Proceedings/2019/DOC_53486_2019-02-25-Decision-FBC-2017-CoS-RDA.pdf

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BCUC Decision on Fortis Rate Application

The BCUC issued its decision on February 25th, without directly notifying interveners https://www.bcuc.com/ApplicationView.aspx?ApplicationId=610

The Panel approved FBC’s Application to switch to a flat rate for residential customers and to phase in the flat rate over a 5-year period, along with the previously approved phase-in of the increased customer charge of $18.70 per month. The Panel rejected FBC’s proposals to revise and re-open the optional residential Time of Use (TOU) rate to all residential customers.

AMCS-RDOS presented evidence during the proceedings that Fortis’ proposal perpetuated for another 5 years a two-tier system that discriminated against customers that used electricity for space and water heating; would result in a further cross-subsidization of customers, from electric heat customers to fossil fuel heating customers, of at least $14 million and would promote inefficient consumption and an increase in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The BCUC included some of these concerns in its summary of intervener positions but then ignored them in stating its reasons for decision; neither agreeing with them nor refuting them. The AMCS Board will review the Decision and consider whether or not to follow-up by expressing its objections to the Government.

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Girl Guide Cookies Pre-Order

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Osoyoos now has Sparks and Brownie units and hoping to start a Guide
unit in September. Spring Girl Guide Cookies are being delivered to us
in March and I am taking pre orders for anyone who would like some.
They are the Spring Cookies that are half vanilla cookies and half
chocolate cookies. Price is $5 per box or a case of 12 for $60. You
can email me at: hhayward@telus.net

Thanks so much.
Heather Hayward

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Helena Konanz talks Trudeau deficit, carbon tax

Conservative MP candidate Helena Konanz met with Anarchist Mountain residents at the community’s Summit Centre earlier this month to discuss her platform and hear their concerns.

Read more at

https://www.osoyoostimes.com/helena-konanz-talks-trudeau-deficit-carbon-tax/

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Welder/Generator For Sale

Miller BlueStar Welder   – $5000.00

13.4 HP Kohler Motor /Generator, 185 Amp Welding Power, 6500 Watts Auxiliary Power, 4, 120V GFCI 20 Amp Receptacles, 1, 240V 50 Amp Receptacle, Electric Start and Recoil Start, Auto Idle

Comes with

Stinger #2 Cable, 25 Foot Length (never used), Ground #2 Cable, 14 Foot Length (never used), 2 Heavy Duty 120V, 20 Foot Extension Cords w/20 Amp Ends (never used), Used 41hrs, Oil change required at 100hrs, In New Condition

If Seriously Interested Call Andrew@ 250 498 7055

 

 

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