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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
FOUETH ANNUAL KEPOET
OP   THE
PUBLIC UTILITIES
COMMISSION
PURSUANT   TO    SECTION    C4    OP    THE
PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT
FOE THE TEAR ENDED 33ST DECEMBER
1942
PRINTED  BY
AUTHORITY OP THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY.
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Charles P. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1943. Victoria, B.C., February 28th, 1943.
To His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor in Council
of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour :
Sir,—We have the honour to transmit herewith, in accordance with section 64 of
the " Public Utilities Act," the Fourth Annual Eeport of the Public Utilities Commission under that Act for the year ended December 31st, 1942.
PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
W. A. Carrothers,
Chairman.
L. W. Patmore,
Commissioner.
J. C. MacDonald,
Commissioner. CONTENTS OF REPORT.
Page.
Report .     5
Schedule C. Applications and Complaints—
Part I.—Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity  5
Part II.—Filing or Amendment of Rate Schedules  5
Part III.—Applications to the Commission to fix Rates  8
Part IV.—Approval of Security Issues and Mortgages  9
Part VI.—Applications to the Commission to require Public Utilities to extend
their Systems  10
Part VII.—Miscellaneous Applications and Complaints  11
Schedule D. Matters where Commission has acted on its own Motion or on Request
of Attorney-General, including Report on Progress of Appraisal of British
Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd  13
Schedule E. Statement of Revenue and Expenses  14  Fourth Annual Report of the Public Utilities Commission
under the "Public Utilities Act"
for the Calendar Year ended December 31st, 1942.
The present report is made in accordance with section 64 of the " Public Utilities
Act" and does not include a report of the activities of the Public Utilities Commission
under the " Motor Carrier Act." A separate report is being made under section 36 of
the " Motor Carrier Act."
Details of utilities over which the Commission has jurisdiction have been given in
the Annual Keport for 1939, while a considerable amount of information about British
Columbia water and electric utilities has been tabulated in Schedule A of the Annual
Report for 1940. There has been no important change in the operations of public
utilities during 1942.
No new regulations were made under the " Public Utilities Act" during the year
1942.
Applications and complaints to the Commission and summaries of the findings of
the Commission thereon are set out in Schedule C. These are classified according to
the nature of the applications and complaints.
Summaries of the findings of the Commission in regard to matters respecting
which the Commission has acted of its own motion or upon the request of the Attorney-
General are set forth in Schedule D. This schedule also includes a report on the
progress of the appraisal of the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd., and
its associated and subsidiary companies.
A brief statement of total revenue and expenses for the years 1941 and 1942 is set
out in Schedule E.
SCHEDULES.
SCHEDULE  C.
Part I.-
-Applications for Certificate op Public Convenience and Necessity
received or decided in 1942.
Applicant.
Date of
Application.
Particulars.
Summary of Findings
of Commission.
Feb.   21, 1942
Sept. 23, 1942'
Oct.      2, 1940
Mar. 14, 1942
Dec.   14, 1942
Extension of waterworks system. Yellow Creek
For construction  of  electrical plant  and distribution system in Fort St.  John
Operation of a waterworks system at Derocbe ...
Operation of an  electrical system at McBride
Operation of a waterworks system 	
Canadian Utilities, Ltd.—
Cooper, C. J.	
tension dropped by city.
Granted, Oct. 13th, 1942.
Granted, May 11th, 1942.
Granted, March 30th, 1942.
Mission, Village of	
Granted, Dec. 29th, 1942.
Part II.—Rate Schedules.
(i.) Original Filings—All Classes of Service.
Applicant.
Nature of Schedule filed.
Area affected.
Date of filing.
Electric 	
Electric.  	
Electric	
April 13,1942.
Ltd.
West Kootenay Power and Light
Co., Ltd.
Kinnaird.._  	
Jan.   23, 1942.
Mar.     5, 1942. H 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
SCHEDULE  C—Continued.
Part II.—Rate Schedules—Continued.
(ii.) Amendments and Supplements to Rate Schedules.
(a.) Railways, Street-railways, and Tramways.
Applicant.
Nature of Schedule filed.
Area affected.
Date of filing.
British Columbia Electric Railway
Special   freight   tariff   for   scrap
All stations on B.C.E.R. to
April 24, 1942.
Company, Ltd.
and waste salvage materials
Vancouver
Removal of all special excursion
Between Vancouver and all
Sept. 17, 1942.
rates  on   interurban—by  order
points on interurban
Transit Controller
Revised   freight   rates   for   coal,
AH    points    on    interurban
Nov.  13, 1942.
coal briquettes, and coke
from Vancouver
(b.)   Telephones and Telegraph Systems.
Chilliwack Telephones, Ltd..
Mission Telephone Company, Ltd..
Kootenay Telephone Company, Ltd.
North-west   Telephone   Company,
Ltd.
W.P.T.B. Order, No. 119	
Rental charge for new mono-
phone
W.P.T.B. Order, No.  119	
Rental charge for new mono-
phone
"W.P.T.B. Order, No. 119	
Rental charge for new mono-
phone
W.P.T.B. Order, No.  119 _.
Additional lists of coastal points
added to schedule
Revision of rates for radio telegraph subscribers, Ocean Falls
Chilliwack.-
Chilliwack..
Mission...
Mission..
Cranbrook, etc. _,	
C ran brook, etc.	
Prince Rupert and  Coastal
Area
Claxton,    Hardy   Bay,    and
vessels on  coastal service
All   coastal   points,   except
Prince Rupert
April 23, 1942.
Oct.      8, 1942.
April 23, 1942.
Oct.     8, 1942.
April 23, 1942.
Oct.      8, 1942.
April 23, 1942.
July   31, 1942.
Oct.      8, 1942.
(c.) Electric Power Systems.
Ashcroft Water, Electric and Im
Reduction   of   domestic   electrical
Ashcroft __ __	
Mar.
4, 1942.
provement Co., Ltd.
rates
Revision    of   rates    for   garages,
Ashcroft	
Dec.
9, 1942.
machine-shops, and blacksmiths
Rates for oil company depots	
Ashcroft and vicinity	
Dec.
18, 1942.
26, 1942.
way Company, Ltd.
V.M.D. No. 2, Victoria    	
2, 1942.
furnace
Revisions   dealing   with   off-peak
West Vancouver, Chilliwack,
July
2, 1942.
power,    power    factor    correc
Vancouver   City,   Abbots-
tion,     employees'     rates,     and
ford, British Pacific Prop
street lighting
erties, Mission
Revision of rates for summer cot
Summer resort areas .,
July
9, 1942.
tages
Revised commercial power meter
Vancouver and Lower Main
July
20, 1942.
rate
land
Changes    in   power   factor   and
Victoria—.. ; _	
Aug.
4, 1942.
loads
Dec.
9, 1942.
3, 1942.
companies, railways, and hotels
over fifteen rooms
Lytton   Electric   Light  Company,
Dec.
21, 1942.
Ltd.
National     Utilities     Corporation,
Revision   of   power   factor   and
Parksville, Qualicum- ,
Aug.
4, 1942.
Ltd.
loads
12, 1942.
and the City of Ladysmith
Sandon   Waterworks   and   Light
Sept.
11, 1942.
Company, Ltd. REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1942.
H 7
SCHEDULE C—Continued.
Part II.—RaTe Schedules—Continued.
(ii.)  Amendments and Supplements to Rate Schedules—Continued.
(d.)  Waterworks Systems.
Applicant.
Nature of Schedule filed.
Area affected.
Date of filing.
Ashcroft Water, Electric and Improvement Co., Ltd.
Columbia   Valley   Irrigated   Fruit
Lands Company, Ltd.
Reductions in domestic and commercial rates
Rate schedule for Invermere	
Revision   of   water   rate,   giving
discount rate
Ashcroft. —_	
Invermere  	
Nakusp -	
Mar.
Mar.
Nov.
Dec.
Dec.
Sept.
Apri
Nov.
4, 1942.
6, 1942.
9, 1942.
9, 1942.
Light
14, 1942.
General reduction in all rates	
Revision of rates for water sold
to Oak Bay Municipality
Rate schedule for water sold  to
Saanich Municipality
17, 1942.
Company, Ltd.
Oak Bay
30, 1942.
Saanich _„_
27, 1942. H 8
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(i.)  Applications for Permission to extend Public Utility Systems.
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this report.    Each public utility is required to report the particulars of smaller
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utility from the necessity of obtaining a certificate.
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SCHEDULE D.
Summary of Findings of Commission where Commission has acted on its own
Motion or upon Request of the Attorney-General.
While the Commission has instituted inquiries of its own motion in order to obtain information regarding certain public utilities, these inquiries have, in general, been of an informal
nature and have not led to any specific findings. Local sittings have been held at different
places as a result of applications and complaints, and are noted elsewhere in this report in
the appropriate schedules. Where the inquiries have shown that improvement should be
made, the utilities concerned have, in general, undertaken them without being required to do
so by order of the Commission.
British Columbia Electric Appraisal.
By an order dated August 15th, 1939, the Commission commenced an inquiry into the
rates of British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd., and associated and subsidiary
companies. The associated and subsidiary companies include, among others, Bridge River
Power Company, Ltd.; National Utilities Corporation, Ltd.; Royston Light and Power Company, Ltd.; the Cumberland and Union Waterworks Company, Limited Liability; Vancouver
Power Company, Ltd.; Vancouver Island Power Company, Ltd.; Victoria Gas Company, Ltd.;
and Western Power Company of Canada, Ltd. The order also provided for an appraisal of
the value of the properties of the companies to be undertaken by the Chief Engineer of the
Commission, Mr. S. R. Weston, the costs to be borne by the companies and amortized over
a period of ten years. On September 20th, 1939, the firm of George A. Touche & Company
was appointed to assist in accounting matters connected with the appraisal.
The Commission held preliminary hearings in Vancouver, Victoria, and Port Alberni in
the spring of 1941, when all interested parties were given an opportunity to present their
problems in connection with the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd. The
investigational reports, which consisted of an appraisal by the Chief Engineer of the Commission and an accounting survey by George A. Touche & Company, were completed and made
available to interested parties on and after November 1st, 1941.
Public hearings on the inquiry into the British Columbia Electric Railway Company,
Ltd., and associated and subsidiary companies commenced on August 24th, 1942, and continued with a number of adjournments until January 12th, 1943. Evidence and argument
relating to the general principles of regulation was heard in Vancouver while evidence and
argument relating to specific areas was heard at regional hearings in Vancouver, New Westminster, Victoria, Kamloops, Port Alberni, and Qualicum Beach.
General Utility Company, Ltd.
As a result of numerous complaints, the Chief Engineer of the Commission was required
by an order, dated October 16th, 1941, and approved by Order in Council No. 1504, on October
27th, 1941, to make an appraisal and investigation of the General Utility Company, Ltd., the
company supplying water to Princeton.
The appraisal and investigation was completed in January, 1942, and a hearing was held
in Princeton on May 18th, 1942, at which the report of the Chief Engineer was formally
presented to the Commission. Evidence and argument was heard on the water situation at
Princeton and on July 27th, 1942, the Commission made an order restraining the General
Utility Company, Ltd., from paying any dividends or other returns to its shareholders without
the consent of the Commission.
British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd.
Application for permission to purchase twenty P.C.C. street-cars: On March 10th, 1942,
the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd., made formal application to the Provincial Minister of Railways, under section 286 of the " Railway Act," for permission to
convert the Fourth Avenue-Grandview car-line, Vancouver street-railway, from two-man to
one-man operation and permission to purchase twenty P.C.C. street-cars. By a ruling of
March 11th, 1942, of the Deputy Attorney-General, and concurred in on March 16th, 1942, H 14 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
by the Attorney-General, it was declared that the matter comes under the jurisdiction of the
Public Utilities Commission. This application was then made to the Public Utilities Commission on March 18th, 1942.
The Commission held a public hearing on March 23rd, 1942, in Vancouver and an order
was made on March 26th, 1942, granting the British Columbia Electric Railway Company,
Ltd., permission to purchase twenty P.C.C. cars and equip the Grandview-Fourth Avenue
street-car line in Vancouver with these cars and operate them as one-man cars.
Victoria-Oak Bay Water Case.
On the application of the Corporation of the District of Oak Bay for the determination
of the just, reasonable, and sufficient "rates to be observed and in force for water supplied to
the applicant by the Corporation of the City of Victoria, the Commission made an order,
dated the 19th day of December, 1940, fixing rates for water supplied to the applicant by the
Corporation of the City of Victoria. By an order of the Court of Appeal, dated the 12th day
of June, 1941, the Commission was required to reconsider some items in the cost of the water.
These items of cost were considered at a public hearing on February 26th, 1942, and by an
Order dated the 11th day of March, 1942, and approved by the Lieutenant-Governor in
Council on the 17th day of March, 1942, the Commission fixed a revised water rate to be paid
by the applicant to the Corporation of the City of Victoria.
Low-power Factor Lighting Equipment.
With the increasing use of fluorescent, neon, zeon, and other hot or cold cathode types
of gaseous tube-lighting equipment, new electrical problems have been created where the
users have not installed power factor corrective devices. With this in view the Public
Utilities Commission made an order, dated the 30th day of March, 1942, giving public
utilities the right to refuse electric service for the operation of fluorescent or other type of
lighting equipment having similar operating characteristics which is not equipped with
power factor corrective devices so that the power factor of such equipment when in operation
is not less than 90 per cent, lagging. This order was concurred in by the Wartime Prices
and Trade Board on the 6th day of April, 1942.
SCHEDULE E.
Comparative Statement of Revenue and Expenses, Public Utilities Commission.
(" Public Utilities Act " and " Motor Carrier Act.")
Year ended Year ended
December 31st, 1941. December 31st, 1942.
Revenue    $171,170.06   $175,945.67
Expenses—
" Public Utilities Act"   $43,935.09 $42,481.88
" Motor Carrier Act "      67,952.13 68,956.02
     111,887.22      111,437.90
Net revenue over expenses      $59,282.84 $64,507.77
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1943.
475-743-5363  

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