Frigid winter temperatures prompt BC Hydro to activate payment plan

By Jill Sperling
February 11, 2018 - 10:29am

KAMLOOPS — With winter temperatures plummeting to well below average, some BC Hydro bills may be reaching new heights. 

The Crown corporation is trying to ease some of the financial strain that the colder than normal temperatures are causing. 

BC Hydro spokesperson Mora Scott says customers will be granted the choice to spread their payments out. 

"We've actually decided to reintroduce our Winter Payment Plan," Scott said. "We first introduced this plan last year and it was quite successful. Basically, the plan gives our residential customers the choice to spread their bill payments over a six month period, which can really help a lot of them manage their bills." 

Scott says electricity demand in the second half of December was above the 10-year average. 

"We definitely are seeing people use more electricity this winter, and then we know that there's some cold weather ahead of us still." 

Scott adds all residential customers are eligible for the Winter Payment Plan, and can set up their individualized plans by phone. 

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