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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Tenth Annual Report of the
PUBLIC UTILITIES
COMMISSION
Pursuant to the
" Public Utilities Act "
For the Year ended December 31st
1948
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesly.
1949.  Victoria, B.C., February 28th, 1949.
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 the Tenth Annual Report of the
Public Utilities Commission under the " Public Utilities Act " for the year ended
December 31st, 1948.
PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
W. A. Carrothers, Chairman.
D. K. Penfold, Commissioner.  CONTENTS.
Page.
Introduction    7
Regulations     7
Operations of Public Utility Systems—
New Construction, New Operations, and Expansions.
New Supplies of Electric Power for Lower Mainland Area  8
Boundary Road Transmission-line  8
Discontinuance and Suspension of Service  8
Complaints as to Service by Public Utilities  8
Rates—
Investigation of British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited     9
Rate Changes consented to pursuant to Sections 16 and 18 of " Public Utilities
Act"  10
Rate Complaints  10
Security Issues, Mortgages, and Sales—
Security Issues and Mortgages  10
Sales of Assets by Public Utility Systems  10
Revenue and Expenses, 1940-48  10
Miscellaneous  10
Change in Membership of Commission during 1948  10
Tables-
No. 1.—Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity  11
No. 2.—Extensions permitted under Section 12a of " Public Utilities Act "  12
No. 3.—Applications to require Public Utilities to extend Systems  13
No. 4.—Applications to discontinue or suspend Service  15
No. 5.—Complaints as to Service of Public Utilities  15
No. 6.—Rate Changes consented to pursuant to Sections 16 and 18 of " Public
Utilities Act "  -  16
No. 7.—Rate Complaints  21
No. 8.—Security Issues and Mortgages  22
No. 9.—Sales of Assets of Public Utility Systems  23
No. 10.—Comparative Statement of Revenue and Expenses  23  Tenth Annual Report of the Public Utilities Commission
under the "Public Utilities Act" for the Calendar
Year ended December 31st, 1948.
INTRODUCTION.
This Report covers the work of the Public Utilities Commission under the " Public
Utilities Act" for the calendar year ended December 31st, 1948. It does not deal
with matters under the " Motor Carrier Act," a separate report of which will be made
pursuant to section 36 of that Act.
The sections of the " Public Utilities Act" have been renumbered in the recent
general revision of the Statutes of the Province. As the revision was not in effect
in 1948, however, sections of the " Public Utilities Act " are referred to in this Report
by their former and not their revised numbers.
REGULATIONS.
No new regulations or amendments were made under the " Public Utilities Act"
during the year.
OPERATIONS OF PUBLIC UTILITY SYSTEMS.
New Construction and Operation, and Expansion by Public
Utility Systems.
New construction or operation, or expansion, of a public utility system requires
the approval or consent of the Commission under section 12 or 12a of the " Public
Utilities Act." A summary of applications for certificates of public convenience and
necessity received or decided during the year is set out in Table 1. Each of the
certificates granted by the Commission and referred to in the table was subsequently
approved by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.
In the case of extensions of a more or less routine nature, such as extensions of
distribution systems to serve new customers, the Commission, pursuant to the powers
set out in section 12a, relieves the public utility from the requirement of obtaining
a certificate of public convenience and necessity. A summary of extensions permitted
under section 12a is set out in Table 2. It will be noted that the majority are extensions made by the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited. Of the
eighty-five extensions of electric-power systems permitted to this company under
section 12a, eighty-four were more or less routine extensions of electric distribution-
lines. The other extension comprised a programme of general improvement and
enlargement of sub-station and transmission facilities in the Lower Mainland area.
The eighty-four extensions of electric distribution-lines by British Columbia
Electric Railway Company, Limited, referred to above were all authorized under
section 12a of the " Public Utilities Act" during the early part of the year. On
April 12th, 1948, for the Lower Mainland area, and on May 31st, 1948, for the Vancouver Island South area, the Commission authorized tariff revisions of the company
providing for a more or less automatic method of determining the terms on which
extensions will be made. Under the new method an extension comes under one or
other of three plans.    Plan I, which is of limited applicability, provides for standard I 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
rates and minimum charges. Plan III, which applies to practically all normal extensions (which were previously dealt with individually by the Commission under section
12a of the " Public Utilities Act"), provides for a minimum charge of $2 per month
for all customers served by the extension. Plan II, dealing with special cases involving special minimum charges, requires reference of each extension to the Commission.
During the year three extensions were authorized under Plan II.
The extensions of transportation systems referred to in Table 2 comprised route
revisions and extensions and new routes in New Westminster, Oak Bay, Saanich,
Richmond, and Vancouver, arising principally from the inauguration of new and
different services under the terms of new franchise agreements. The gas extension
referred to in Table 2 comprised the installation of equipment in the Victoria plant
for the manufacture of propane or butane air-gas to take care of peak loads. With
respect to the water extensions, each of those made by the City of Courtenay and
Wells Townsite Co., Ltd., were to provide service to a few customers in an area adjacent
to that already served. The extension by Okanagan Centre Irrigation and Power Co.,
Ltd., involved the laying of mains in a new subdivision within the area already served.
A number of letters were received by the Commission from persons desiring
extensions of public utility systems to serve their premises. Many of these called for
merely an explanation of the principles and terms on which the extensions should be
made.    Those which were more in the nature of complaints are summarized in Table 3.
New Supplies of Electric Power for the Lower Mainland Area.
The report of the Commission for 1946 outlined the development of the Bridge
River hydro-electric project up to the end of that year. During 1947, certificates of
public convenience and necessity were granted to British Columbia Electric Railway
Company, Limited, and associated companies to proceed with the second and third
stages of the development. Each of the three stages provides for a capacity of 62,000
horse-power, making a total of 186,000 horse-power. The first stage was completed
and came into operation in October, 1948. It is expected that the second stage will
be completed early in 1949 and the third stage in the fall of 1949.
Boundary Road Transmission-line.
As part of the Bridge River hydro-electric project, it was necessary to construct
a high-voltage transmission-line from the generating plant to the City of Vancouver.
Part of the proposed route was on Boundary Road in the City of Vancouver. As the
company and the city were unable to come to an agreement as to the terms of the
use of this road for the transmission-line, the company invoked section 39 of the
" Public Utilities Act " and applied for an order under that section authorizing it to
construct a high-voltage transmission-line on steel towers on Boundary Road in the
City of Vancouver. A public hearing was held at Vancouver on July 9th, at which
the alternative suggestion, made in opposition to the application, was that the line
should be placed underground. The evidence showed that this is not a feasible alternative at the present time. An order was made by the Commission on July 15th
granting the application, but providing that the matter could be reviewed, on the
application of the City of Vancouver, at the end of five years.
Discontinuance and Suspension of Service.
Particulars of applications by public utilities to discontinue or suspend service are
set forth in Table 4.
Complaints as to Service by Public Utilities.
Particulars of complaints as to service provided by public utilities are set forth
in Table 5. REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1948. I  9
RATES.
Investigation of British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited,
and Associated and Subsidiary Companies.
A review of the investigation by the Commission of British Columbia Electric
Railway Company, Limited, and associated and subsidiary companies, is set out in the
Annual Report of the Commission for 1946. During 1947 and the early part of 1948
increasingly large operating losses made it necessary to permit the filing, on an interim
basis, of substantial general increases in transportation fares in the Lower Mainland
area and of gas rates in both the Lower Mainland area and the Greater Victoria area.
Public hearings on all the rates of the company, including those which had been dealt
with as above on an interim basis, were held at Vancouver on August 25th to 27th,
1948, and at Victoria on September 20th, 1948. On September 24th, after consideration of the evidence and argument, the Commission made an order confirming the
interim consents previously granted for urban transportation fare increases in Vancouver, New Westminster, and North Vancouver, and at the same time authorized
corresponding fare increases in the Greater Victoria area, Burnaby, and Richmond.
An increase to 10 cents of the minimum adult fare on the Fraser Valley branch of the
interurban operations of the company was also authorized. The evidence disclosed
that the increased transportation fares were still insufficient to enable the company
to earn a fair return on its investment in the transportation systems.
With respect to the increased gas rates, which had been previously authorized but
were reviewed at the public hearings referred to above, the evidence disclosed that the
new rates were not sufficient to enable the company to earn a fair return on the investment in the gas systems.    The company, however, did not ask for further increases.
The above paragraphs call for some reference to an Order in Council made under
section 15 of the " Public Utilities Act " on July 16th, 1948. This Order in Council
directs the Commission, in fixing the rates of British Columbia Electric Railway
Company, Limited, to consider as one unit the following classes or categories of service,
namely:—
(a) The transportation of persons and property by street-railway, tramway,
trolley-coach, and motor-vehicles for the public for compensation:
(6) The generation, transmission, sale, delivery, and furnishing of electricity
for the public for compensation:
(c)   The production, storage, transmission, sale, delivery, and furnishing of
gas for the public for compensation.
The Order in Council enables the Commission, in fixing rates, to merge the
insufficient revenues from transportation and gas operations with the more than
adequate revenues from the profitable electric-power operations, and thus hold rate
increases for the unprofitable services to a lower level than would otherwise be the case.
At the hearings, certain revisions of electric rates of a more or less minor nature
were considered. These included a revision of water-heating rates for the Greater
Victoria area and a revision of rates in the Lower Mainland area for customers served
under residential rate schedules whose demands are in excess of those required for
normal household use. The former was authorized on November 18th and the latter
on November 24th.
As the over-all return to investors from all operations was not excessive, no general
reduction in electric rates was considered. Some specific requests which had been
made for rate adjustments for particular areas and particular classes of users were left
over for further consideration. i 10 british columbia.
Rate Changes consented to pursuant to Sections 16 and 18 of
" Public Utilities Act."
A complete statement of all rate changes authorized during 1948 appears in
Table 6. The changes which are of the most importance and most general application
are the general increases in gas rates and transportation fares of British Columbia
Electric Railway Company, Limited, and its associated and subsidiary companies. The
effect of increased costs of labour and materials was not so apparent during the year
in rate revisions for other services, but substantial general rate increases by some
smaller water and electric utilities and certain specific increases by larger utilities were
necessary. A revision of the rules in the tariff of British Columbia Electric Railway
Company, Limited, respecting extensions of electric distribution-lines deserves special
attention. The extension policy of the company has had the close attention of the
Commission for many years. A co-operative attitude on the part of the company in
this matter has led to a progressive relaxation of the conditions under which extensions
will be made. Under the 1948 revision, in the normal case, a customer requiring service
involving a line extension can obtain it at the regular rates, subject only to the condition
that he pay a minimum charge of $2 per month.
Rate Complaints.
The rate complaints dealt with during the year are summarized in Table 7.
SECURITY ISSUES, MORTGAGES, AND SALES.
Security Issues and Mortgages.
Applications during 1948 under section 21 of the " Public Utilities Act" for
approval of security issues and mortgages are summarized in Table 8. The most
notable feature is the new financing, by bonds and shares, of the expansion programme
of British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited.
Sales of Assets of Public Utility Systems.
Transfers of property dealt with during 1948 under section 23 of the " Public
Utilities Act " are summarized in Table 9. All but two of the transactions show a
change to public ownership. Of the two exceptions, one is a family transaction and the
other is the incorporation of a business of a private person.
REVENUES AND EXPENSES, 1940-48.
A statement of revenue and expenses of the Public Utilities Commission under the
" Public Utilities Act" and the " Motor Carrier Act " is set out in Table 10. The
figures shown are for the calendar year and not the fiscal year, and figures for previous
years have been included for comparative purposes. Revenue under the " Motor Carrier
Act " has been compiled from monthly reports made by the Superintendent of Motor
Carriers. Revenue under the " Public Utilities Act " represents fees on applications
granted during the year, even though the fees may not have been transferred from
Suspense Account to Revenue Account until the following year.
MISCELLANEOUS.
Revisions of routes and time schedules, the setting of carrying capacities of
vehicles, and the filing of statistics were attended to from time to time in respect of
transportation systems in accordance with the Regulations respecting Transportation
("Public Utilities Act").
CHANGE IN MEMBERSHIP OF COMMISSION DURING 1948.
We record with regret the accidental death on October 11th, 1948, of Major J. C.
MacDonald, a member of the Commission since its inception in 1939. REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1948.
TABLES.
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Table 1.—Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity
received or decided in 1948.
Class of
Service.
Applicant.
Date of
Application.
Particulars.
Result.
Transportation...
Dec.      1, 1948
Amendment   of    certificate   of
Granted ; Dec. 15,1948.
public convenience and neces
sity granted May 17, 1946, to
authorize £he carrying of mail
and express on ferry across
Howe Sound
Gas	
British Columbia Electric
Jan.   26, 1948
Addition  to gas-manufacturing
Granted; Apr. 1, 1948.
Co., Ltd.
plant in Vancouver by installation  of  water-gas  set with
capacity  of  4,500,000   cu.   ft.
per day
Northland Utilities, Ltd.
Apr.     5, 1948
Construction  and  operation  of
a natural-gas distribution system  to  serve the  Village  of
Dawson Creek
Not completed in 1948.
Electric power....
British Columbia Electric
Co., Ltd., and British
Columbia Electric Rail
Nov.   30, 1948
Operation   of   distribution   system   in   upper   Howe   Sound
area, including Squamish, and
Granted; Dec. 15, 1948.
way Co., Ltd.
construction   of   subtransmis-
sion-line   from   Britannia   to
Squamish  to  provide  power-
supply
Fleming-, J. C. and T. D.,
Sept.  15, 1947
Installation    of    electric-power
Granted ; Mar. 25,1948.
d/b/a James C. Flem
plant and system for supply
ing & Son
of wholesale power to Corporation of the Village of McBride
Ronacher, Simon	
May      3, 1948
Installation    of    electric-power
Granted; June30,1948.
plant   and   system   at  Athal-
^ivVater
June  16, 1948
Installation   of   a   waterworks
system   for   new   subdivision
Granted ; Oct. 14, 1948.
near Abbotsford
July   22, 1948
Amendment of certificate grant
Granted; Sept. 15,1948,
ed   Nov.   1,   1947,   to   extend
the authorized area at Youbou
Crescent   Beach   Water
Aug.   17, 1948
Operation   of   waterworks   sys
Granted:   Aug. 23,1948.
works, Ltd.
tem at Crescent Beach previously operated by T. H. Ryall
Dawson Creek, Village of
Dec.      6, 1947
Operation   of   waterworks   system   in   and   about   Dawson
Creek, on purchase from War
Assets Corporation
Granted ; July 30, 1948.
Duncan, City of	
June     2, 1948
Operation   of   waterworks   sys
Granted; June 14,1948.
tem   previously   operated   at
Duncan by  Nanaimo-Duncan
Utilities, Ltd.
Gosling, D. F	
Jan.   28, 1948
Installation    of   a   waterworks
system   for   new   subdivision
Granted ; Feb. 26, 1948.
near Abbotsford
John, A. A. and H. S	
Feb.     5, 1948
Operation   of   waterworks   system   previously   operated   by
Granted ; May 19, 1948.
B. C. Affleck at Fruitvale
King  &  Durkin   (J.   P.
Apr.   15, 1948
Installation   of   a   waterworks
Granted; May 19, 1948.
King and P. J. Durkin)
system   for   new   subdivision
near Trail
Liechti, P	
Aug.     9, 1948
Installation   of   a   waterworks
system at China Creek, prin
Granted; Sept. 13,1948.
cipally   for   service   to   new
subdivision I 12
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Table 1.—Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity
received OR decided in 1948—Continued.
Class of
Service.
Applicant.
Date of
Application.
Particulars.
Result.
Water	
Lytton   Water   Supply
Co., Ltd.
Oct.      2, 1948
Improvements and extensions of
waterworks system at Lytton
Granted; Oct. 29, 1948.
and approval of new village
"franchise
May   26, 1948
Installation of a waterworks
system at Aldergrove
Granted; June 21,1948.
Terrace, Village of	
, Oct.    24,1947
Expansion of waterworks system into unorganized territory adjacent to Terrace
Granted; Jan. 5, 1948.
Williams   Lake,   Village
Mar.   30, 1948
Installation   of   a   waterworks
Granted ; Apr. 28, 1948.
of
system in and about Williams
Lake
Table 2.—Extensions dealt with under Section 12a of the
" Public Utilities Act " during 1948.
Class of Service.
Public Utility.
Number of
Extensions.
10
Gas
1
85
Water	
1
1
Wells TownsiteCo., Ltd	
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accordance with priority list.
Investigation disclosed too few customers to warrant line-construction necessary.
Investigation disclosed separate primary extension
required and priority system being followed.
Investigation disclosed insufficient revenue to justify cost of providing service.
Investigation disclosed substantial extension of
primary line necessary ; to be done in spring of
1949.
Required terms explained to complainant, who
agreed to them ; company so informed and stated
intention of making extension in spring of
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Extension     of     electric     distribution-lines     near
Kelowna
Extension of electric power-lines to serve Kettle
Valley and Rock Creek
Complaint as to delay in completion of extension
of electric distribution-lines near Kelowna
Extension   of   electric   distribution-lines   to   serve
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Table 4.—Applications to discontinue or suspend Service, 1948.
Applicant.
Date of
Application.
Particulars.
Disposition.
British Columbia Electric    Railway    Co.,
Ltd.
Davies,   "Wm.    (Lone
Butte  Light   and
Power Co.)
Oct. 29, 1948
July 29, 1948
Dec.   5, 1947
Discontinuance of operation of Kitsilano street-car route in City of
Vancouver
Request for authority to cease operating electric-power system at Lone
Butte
Abandonment of installation of electric-power system at Yahk
Permission    granted    by    order    dated
Oct. 29, 1948 ;   approved by Order in
Council No. 2523 on Nov. 3, 1948.
Application   abandoned   when   circumstances explained to users and their
agreement to higher rates  obtained.
necessity of R. N. Murray cancelled
by order dated Feb. 12, 1948;   cancellation   approved   Feb.   17,    1948,   by
Order in Council No. 344.
Table 5.—Complaints as to Service of Public Utilities, 1948.
Public Utility.
Complainant.
Date of
Complaint.
Particulars.
Disposition.
Anderson, S., & Co.
British Columbia Electric   Railway   Co.,
Ltd.
Martens, D., and
others
Hawkins  Motors,
Ltd.
Port Mann  Community Association
United     Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners
Butler, G. E.
Nov.     9, 1948
Feb.   28, 1948
Nov.     8, 1948
Feb.    24, 1948
Oct.    19, 1948
Feb. and May,
1948
Feb.    12, 1948
June   14, 1948
Aug.   28, 1948
Nov.   18, 1948
July   22, 1948
Jan.   31, 1948
Complaint of irregularity
of hours of service of
electric - power system
at Decker Lake
Complaint of voltage
fluctuations in local
area in Vancouver
Complaint of low voltage
in Port Mann area
Protest against reduction
of transportation service on Wednesdays in
City of Vancouver
Complaint as to freezing of pipes during
winter in water system at Chase
Complaint of low standard of water and electric service at Chase
Complaint   of   cessation
of water-supply at
Kinnaird
Complaint of inadequate
pressure in water system at Youbou
Complaint of inadequate
water-pressure at complainant's home at
Kingsgate
Complaint of low voltage
at Lake Cowichan
Complaint of poor service, particularly fluctuations in voltage, in
electric-power system
at Yale
Complaint of low voltage
on Dove Creek extension
Investigation  commenced but
not concluded in 1948.
Temporary partial improvement
effected immediately by company, and necessary remedial
measures pursued.
Referred to company, which
undertook corrective measures
immediately.
Investigation disclosed that the
slight reduction made was
justified by reduced loadings
on Wednesdays.
Reasonable compromise proposed
by company for payment of
cost of lowering mains; no
further action taken.
Public inquiry held by Commissioner MacDonald at Chase,
July 23, 1948, making facts
known  to all  concerned.
Chase Community
Association and
Chase Central
Board of Trade
Bailey, E	
Dean,   A.,   and
LeFeuvre, F.
Hinch, H	
Gold, W. H	
cut off because of leak, which
could   not  be   located   due   to
heavy snow;   complainant so
informed.
Arrangements  for  higher  head
made by utility.
Kingsgate   Water
Works Co., Ltd.
Lake Cowichan Electric Co., Ltd.
Miller,  George   (Yale
Light & Power Co.)
Vancouver Island
Utilities, Ltd.
Smith, Mrs. J
Hope and District
Board of Trade
Peterson, Mrs. N..
est point on lines; installation by him of reserve tank
recommended.
Investigation commenced but
not concluded in 1948.
Additional capacity installed
after investigation.
Voltage raised 9%. Enlargement
of lines delayed due to shortage of materials.
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Table 5.—Complaints as to Service op Public Utilities, 1948—Continued.
Public Utility.
Complainant.
Date of
Complaint.
Particulars.
Disposition.
West Kootenay Power
Campbell, F. T	
Nov.     5, 1948
Complaint   of   voltage
Investigation  disclosed  company
and Light Co., Ltd.
conditions at peak-load
periods in East Trail
area
building new feeder line to
East Trail area to rectify
conditions.
Fruitvale    Rate
Nov.   22, 1948
Complaint of low voltage
After investigation, complainant
payers' Associa
and    voltage    fluctua
expressed     satisfaction     with
tion
tions at Fruitvale
remedial measures and cheeks
carried out by company.
Sept.    1, 1948
number   of   interrup
and passed on to complainant.
tions   of   service   in
Kelowna  area
Hedley   Board  of
Dec.    14, 1948
Restoration  of  street-
Investigation    disclosed    service
Trade
lighting service requested
provided free by company,
that outage was due to damaged transformer and that
repairs are under way.
Table 6.—Rate Changes consented to during 1948 pursuant to Sections
16 and 18 of the " Public Utilities Act."
(a) Transportation Systems.
Name of Public Utility.
Route affected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
British Columbia Electric
All transit lines in  City of
General increase in fares to
Feb.   19, 1948
Feb.
22, 194S.
Railway Co., Ltd.
New Westminster and extensions thereof to adjacent
areas
offset operating losses
(confirmed
Sept. 24,
1948, following public
hearing)
All transit lines in City and
General increase in fares to
Mar. 19, 1948
Mar.
28, 1948.
District of North Vancou
offset operating losses
(confirmed
ver
Sept. 24,
1948, following public
hearing)
Interurban railway lines
Increase    in    local    freight
rates to conform to Order
No. 70425 of the Board of
Transport    Commissioners
for Canada
Apr.    3, 1948
Apr.
8, 1948.
Interurban railway lines	
Increase of 21%  in mileage
rates   for  freight   to   conform  to  Order  No.   70445
of the Board of Transport
Commissioners for Canada
Apr.    8, 1948
Apr.
8, 1948.
Vancouver - Lynn    Canyon
Fare established for special
June   4,1948
June
4, 1948.
Park
express passenger-bus service operated  on  Sundays
and holidays in fine weather
All   transit   lines   in   Rich
General increase in fares to
Sept. 24, 1948
Oct.
10, 1948.
mond
offset operating losses
All transit lines in Burnaby
General revision  to provide
uniform    integrated    fare
Sept. 24, 1948
Oct.
10, 1948.
structure  and  general  increase   in   fares   to   offset
operating losses
Fraser   Valley   interurban
Increase  of minimum   fares
Sept. 24, 1948
Oct.
10, 1948.
railway lines
from 5c. to 10c.
All transit lines in  Greater
General   increase   to   offset
Sept. 24, 1948
Oct.
3, 1948.
Victoria area
operating losses
Burnaby and New Westmin
Elimination of double fares
Dec.   29, 1948
Jan.
3, 1949.
ster routes near fare-zone
for certain Burnaby school
boundary
children   located   in   New
Westminster fare zone REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES  COMMISSION, 1948.
I 17
Table 6.—Rate Changes consented to during 1948 pursuant to Sections
16 and 18 of the " Public Utilities Act "—Continued.
(a)   Transportation Systems—Continued.
Name of Public Utility.
Route affected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
North Vancouver, City of
Vancouver-North Vancouver
ferry
Elimination of tickets at 20
for $1, leaving in effect
tickets at 10 for 60c.
Feb.     6, 1948
Feb.     1, 1948.
Vancouver-North Vancouver
Elimination of children's
Dec.   20, 1948
Jan.    1, 1949.
ferry
fares and lowering of age-
limit for adult fares with
a view to more efficient
and economical operation
of automatic turnstiles
(b) Telephone and Telegraph Systems.
Name of Public Utility.
Area affected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
Kootenay Telephone Co.,
East Kootenay area	
Minor  tariff  revisions  aris
Mar.    5, 1948
Mar.    5, 1948.
Ltd.
ing  from   installation   and
discontinuance  of   toll-station service at request of
subscribers involved
East Kootenay area	
Minor  tariff  revisions  aris
Dec.   22, 1948
Dec.   22, 1948.
ing   from   installation   and
discontinuance   of  toll-station  service at request of
subscribers involved
(c) Electric
-power Syste?ns.
Bridge River Power Co.,
Ltd.
July  30, 1948
July  30, 1948.
rate
Revision   of   conditions   for
extensions of distribution-
Aug.    2, 1948
Aug.    2, 1948.
lines,  to  effect  simplifica
tion   and   uniformity   and
reduction of costs
British Columbia Electric
Municipality of Saanich	
New   provision   for   service
Jan.   12, 1948
Dec.     1, 1947.
Railway Co., Ltd.
at     higher     voltages      for
street-lighting, such service
being required  for use of
modern equipment
Vancouver and Lower Main
New    rate    for    industrial-
Jan.   31, 1948
Jan.   31, 1948.
land
power customers  with demand of at least 2,500 kw.
for service at 12,000 volts
or   more,   effecting   reduction
Minor   modifications   of   in
Feb.   24, 1948
Feb.   24, 1948.
dustrial-power    rate    filed
on Jan. 31, 1948
Vancouver Island, South
New    rate    for    service    to
public   schools   in   Greater
Victoria area, effecting reduction   of   approximately
$1,500 per year
Mar.    9, 1948
Mar.    1, 1948.
Vancouver and Lower Main
Revision   of   conditions   for
Apr. 12, 1948
Apr.    1, 1948.
land
extensions of distribution-
lines,   to  effect  simplification   and   uniformity   and
reduction of costs ;   reduction of annual revenue by
$23,000, resulting from revision of revenue guarantees   of   customers   served
by existing  extensions
: I 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Table 6.—Rate Changes consented to during 1948 pursuant to Sections
16 and 18 of the " Public Utilities Act "—Continued.
(c)  Electric-power Systems—Continued.
Name of Public Utility.
Area affected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
British Columbia Electric
Vancouver Island, South .
Discontinuance to new cus
May   31, 1948
June   1, 1948.
Railway Co., Ltd.
tomers   of   flat   rates   for
water-heating,    and    revision of other schedules to
permit    such    service    at
meter rate of 1c. per kwh.
Revision   of   conditions   for
May   31, 1948
June    1, 1948.
extensions of distribution-
lines,   to  effect  simplifica
tion   and   uniformity   and
reduction of costs
Lower Fraser Valley	
Estimation of fair bills during period when flood conditions   made   application
of normal billing methods
inequitable
June 19, 1948
During flood
period.
Vancouver and Lower Main
Introduction    of    rate    for
Aug.    5, 1948
Aug.    5, 1948.
land
residential    space-heating
(such   service   not   previously available)
Vancouver Island, South	
Increase   in   flat   rates   for
domestic water-heating unless   insulation   and   thermostatic controls installed
Nov. 18, 1948
Feb.     1, 1949.
Vancouver and Lower Main
Imposition of demand charge
Nov. 24, 1948
Nov. 24, 1948.
land
and     small     increase     in
energy   charges   for   residential   customers   requiring more than 10 kva. of
transformer capacity; estimated increase in revenue,
$7,834 per year
Vancouver and Lower Main
Revision   of   rules   in   tariff
Dec.     2, 1948
Dec.     2, 1948.
land
to     clarify     definition     of
"residential  service"   and
to make practice uniform
with that in  effect under
the   company's   gas   tariff
Export 	
Rates established for dump
Dec.   11, 1948
When dump
power avail
power  export ed  when
available    to    Washington
able.
Water    Power    Co.    and
Permanente Corporation
Clinton Light and Power
Clinton  	
Increase of lc. per kilowatt-
Aug. 14, 1948
Aug.    1, 1948.
Co., Ltd.
hour  and  introduction  of
maximum   service   charge
of   $24   per  month.    estimated increase in revenue,
$1,440 per year
Cranbrook, City of	
Areas adjacent to Cranbrook
Change    of    discount    date
from 16th to 18th of each
Aug. 30, 1948
Sept.   1, 1948.
month
Davies, Wm.   (Lone Butte
Lone Butte 	
Rates    increased   by   intro
Oct.   18, 1948
Oct.     1, 1948.
Light & Power)
duction  of service charge
of $10 per month
East   Kootenay   Power
East Kootenay area	
Increase in industrial rates
Dec.   15, 1948
Jan.     1, 1949.
Co., Ltd.
to   Consolidated  Mining  &
Smelting   Co.   of   Canada,
Ltd.,   at   Kimberley,    and
Crow's    Nest    Pass    Coal
Co.,   Ltd.,   at   Michel   and
Elk  River;    estimated  increase in revenue, $130,000
per year REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1948.
I 19
Table 6.—Rate Changes consented to during 1948 pursuant to Sections
16 and 18 of the " Public Utilities Act "—Continued.
(c)  Electric-power Systems—Continued.
Name of Public Utility.
Area affected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
Sept. 22, 1948
Oct.     1, 1948
tensions   of   distribution-
lines established
Merritt, City of	
Mar. 31, 1948
Mar.    1, 1948.
proximately those in effect
within the city limits
Miller,   George   (Yale
Yale 	
Increase   of   approximately
Dec.   21, 1948
Dec.     1, 1948.
Light & Power)
50% in rates to overcome
revenue deficiencies
New   Westminster,   City
D.L. 172   (adjacent to city)
Reduction of rates for elec
Dec.   15, 1948
Dec.     8, 1948.
of
tric-range   users   to   those
in   effect  in   City   of   New
Westminster
Princeton    Light    and
Princeton 	
General rate reduction, fol
Jan.  27, 1948
Dec.     1, 1947.
Power Co., Ltd.
lowing   reduction   in   rate
for   power   purchased   by
utility
Spences  Bridge  Light  &
Spences Bridge 	
Increase  in   rate  for hotels
Oct.   25, 1948
Oct.     1, 1948.
Power Co., Ltd.
from $15 to $30 per month
West Kootenay Power &
Southern Interior of British
Increase    in    commercial
Aug. 23, 1948
Sept.   1, 1948.
Light Co., Ltd.
Columbia
water-heating rate for
large users
(d) Waterworks Systems.
British    Pacific    Proper
Subdivision   in   West   Van
General   revision   to   make
Oct.   15, 1948
Oct.   31, 1948.
ties, Ltd.
couver
rate     schedules     conform
more   closely   to   those   of
the District of West Vancouver
Courtenay, City of	
Area adjacent to Courtenay
Rate    established    for   new
service to fish-hatchery
July    7, 1948
July    9, 1948.
Additional   charge   of   50c.
per month for extra bath
Aug. 30, 1948
Sept.   1, 1948
or toilet
Areas adjacent to Creston....
Nov. 18, 1948
Dec.     1, 1948.
outside   village    into   con
formity  with   those   inside
The   Elk   Creek   Water
Chilliwack 	
July  20, 1948
Sept.   1, 1948.
works Co., Ltd.
omissions and ambiguities
and   eliminate   discrimination ;   no substantial overall effect on revenues
General Utility Co., Ltd.
Princeton 	
Revision   of   discount   rules
Mar.  16, 1948
Mar.    1, 1948.
to enable user who passes
discount    date    to    obtain
discount   under   certain
conditions
Areas adjacent to Kelowna
Increase   in   connection
May     7, 1948
July     1, 1948.
charge to offset increased
costs
Increase   in   connection
Aug. 23, 1948
Aug. 23, 1948.
charge to offset increased
costs
Dec.   15, 1948
Jan.    1, 1949.
smith
amounting     to     approximately 50c. per month per
customer,     to    offset    increased      costs      resulting
from       developing       new
source of supply I 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Table 6.—Rate Changes consented to during 1948 pursuant to Sections
16 and 18 of the " Public Utilities Act "—Continued.
(d)  Waterworks Systems—Continued.
Name of Public Utility.
Area affected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
Okanagan Centre Irriga
Okanagan Centre 	
Special   charge   of   $2   per
Rate author
1948
season.
tion & Power Co., Ltd.
acre-foot during 1948 irrigation   season   to   provide
for   cost   of   special   main
replacements
ized by
order of
Commission
dated   Mar.
15, 1948
Ryall,    T.   H.    (Crescent
Crescent Beach 	
General increase in rates to
July  27, 1948
July
1, 1948.
Beach Waterworks)
provide   required   increase
in    revenue    of    approximately $4,000 per year
Saseenos Water, Light &
Saseenos 	
Increase   in   connection
May. 12, 1948
May
1, 1948.
Power Co., Ltd.
charge to offset increased
costs
Apr. 19, 1948
1, 1947
its own boundaries
charge to offset increased
costs
Wood   Lake   Water   Co.,
Oyama 	
Increase  in   irrigation   rate
Feb.   21, 1948
1948
season.
Ltd.
for 1948 season
(e) Gas Systems.
British Columbia Electric
Co., Ltd. (and Victoria
Gas Co., Ltd.)
Greater Victoria area	
General   increase   to   offset
increased costs
June 22, 1948
June 22, 1948. REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1948.
I 21
Table 7.—Rate Complaints, 1948.
Public Utility.
Complainant.
Date of
Complaint.
Particulars.
Disposition.
British Columbia Electric
Burnaby   Rate
Nov.   27, 1948
Complaint   as   to   double
Tariff     revised     to     remove
Railway Co., Ltd.
payers' Central
Council
fares  payable by  certain school-children in
eastern   part of  Burnaby
cause of complaint.
Pearson, F	
Oct.    12, 1948
Complaint of  high  cost
of   transportation   be
Commutation fares explained
to complainant.
tween Vancouver and
Burnaby   if   separate
cash fares paid in each
Provincial Normal
Sept. 18, 1948
Bus-fare concessions re
Referred to company for dis
School and Vic
quested    for    Normal
cussion with Greater Vic
toria      College,
School    and    Victoria
toria Transportation Com
Victoria
College students
mittee.
Smith, H. B
Oct.   12, 1948
Complaint as to demand
Referred   to   company,   and
of Victoria bus-driver
corrective measures taken
for cash fare when he
by   it   to   satisfaction   of
has  no tickets to sell
complainant.
Davies, Wm. (Lone Butte
Granberg, E., and
Feb. and
Complaint of overcharg
Field  investigation  by  staff
Light & Power Co.)
Horn, W. A.
Mar.,    1948
ing for electric power
at Lone Butte
of Commission, followed
by adoption of new rates
agreed to by users.
Elk    Creek    Waterworks
Harrington, G. B.
Feb.   21, 1948
Complaint as to increase
Complainant     assigned     to
Co., Ltd., The
in flat rate for water
at   Chilliwack
meter rate in accordance
with tariff when increase
in flat rate found to be
unwarranted.
Nelson, City of	
Grimes, R. A., and
others
Aug.  20, 1948
Renewal    of    complaint
that   rates   on   North
Further   investigation  made
and      preliminary      steps
Shore  area  near  Nel
taken  to  effect  reduction.
son are too high
Okanagan Telephone Co.
Kelowna Board of
Dec.   16, 1947
Complaint that too high
Investigation by Commission
1
Trade
a    rate    charged    for
telephone    service    at
ferry-landing at West-
bank
cleared up misunderstandings ; matter settled to
satisfaction of complainant.
Princeton    Light    and
Avery, H. H,
Jan.   27, 1948
Complaint as to increase
Investigation   disclosed   cor
Power Co., Ltd.
in minimum charge to
complainant for small
commercial use of electric  power  at  Princeton
rect rate charged ; low rate
previously charged had
been established as temporary measure because of
lack of meters.
Spences    Bridges    Light
Shanks, H. M,
Aug.    7, 1948
Complaint as to increase
Increase    suspended;     later
and   Power   Co.,   Ltd.
in    rate    for    electric
power    for    hotel    at
Spences Bridge
consented to when shown
to be warranted after field
investigation.
West    Kootenay    Power
John, A	
Dec.    15, 1948
Complaint      that      rate
Complainant found to be cor
& Light Co., Ltd.
charged     complainant
for   power  at  Beaver
Falls is too high
rectly billed. I 22                                                               BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Table 8.—Applications by Public Utilities for Approval of Security Issues
and Mortgages received or decided in 1948.
Applicant.
Nature and Amount
of Issue.
Purpose.
Date of
Application.
	
Disposition.
British Columbia Electric
$17,000,000     of     Z%%
Additions to the plants and
Mar.   18, 1948
Granted ;   Mar. 18,
Co., Ltd.
first mortgage bonds
systems  of  the applicant
and its subsidiaries
1948.
50,000  i%%  cumulative
Additions to the plants and
Oct.    20, 1948
Granted;   Oct. 21,
redeemable    preferred
systems  of  the applicant
1948.
shares of par value of
and its subsidiaries
$100    each    (approval
of issue of 35,000 pre
*
ferred shares, granted
Sept.     23,     1947,    rescinded )
British Columbia Electric
$1,513,000     of    general
To secure moneys advanced
Mar.  16, 1948
Granted ; Mar. 24,
Railway Co., Ltd.
mortgage bonds, issued
to    British    Columbia
Electric Co., Ltd.
or to be advanced to the
applicant   by   its   parent
company,   British   Columbia  Electric  Co.,  Ltd.
1948.
$10,000,000    of    general
To secure moneys advanced
Apr.   22, 1948
Granted . Apr. 28,
mortgage bonds, issued
or to be advanced to the
1948.
to    British    Columbia
applicant   by   its   parent
Electric Co., Ltd.
company,   British   Columbia Electric Co., Ltd.
Clinton   Power   &   Light
360    shares    of    capital
Additions to the plant and
Nov.   12, 1948
Granted;   Dec.   7,
Co., Ltd.
stock for cash at their
par value of $50 each
system of the applicant
1948.
Crescent    Beach    Water
15,000   shares  of  a   par
Part    payment   for   water
Aug.   17, 1948
Granted; Aug. 23,
works, Ltd.
value   of   $1  each,   issued to T. H. Ryall
works   system   of   T.   H.
Ryall
1948.
$20,000    6%    debenture
Part    payment   for   water
Aug.   17, 1948
Granted; Aug. 23,
issued to T. H. Ryall
works   system   of   T.   H.
Ryall
1948.
The   Elk   Creek   Water
Issue    of    10,104    n.p.v.
Part  of   special  liquidation
Dec.   12, 1947
Granted ;   Jan. 5,
works Co., Ltd.
shares at $3 per share,
and    transfer    of    all
outstanding shares to
holders   of   preference
shares of West Canadian    Hydro    Electric
Corporation, Ltd.
of West Canadian Hydro
Electric Corporation, Ltd.
1948.
Northland Utilities (B.C.),
$30,000   5%   first   mort
To   fund   $30,000    advances
Nov.  28, 1947
Granted; Jan. 15,
Ltd.
gage   bond  to  Northland Utilities, Ltd.
previously   made   to   the
applicant   by   its   parent
company, Northland Utilities, Ltd., and to provide
additional security in this
amount for the bonds of
the parent company
1948.
Okanagan Telephone Co.
Issue   of   500   shares   of
Part of a special liquidation
Dec.    12, 1947
Granted ;   Jan.  5,
par value of $100 each,
of West Canadian  Hydro
1948.
and    transfer    of    all
Electric Corporation, Ltd.
outstanding  shares  to
Okanagan Valley Tele
phone Co.,  Ltd.
$750,000   first  mortgage
For   redemption   and   pay
Jan.   16, 1948
Granted;  Jan. 29,
sinking    fund    bonds
ment   of   outstanding   de
1948.
3%%, Series A
bentures     and     of     debt
secured by bond, and for
improvements of and additions to  property REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES  COMMISSION, 1948.
I 23
Table 9.—Applications for Approval of Sales of Assets of Public Utility
Systems received or decided in 1948.
Applicant.
Transferee.
Property sold or
transferred.
Date of
Application.
Disposition.
Affleck, B. C	
Waterworks system at Fruitvale
May 19,
1948.
Waterworks system at Castlegar
Sept. 15, 1948
Sept. 24,
1948.
Columbia Valley Ranches,
Edgewater     Water     and
Waterworks system at Edge-
June   8, 1948
Granted
June 9,
Ltd.
Light District
water
1948.
Vermilion Irrigation Dis
Irrigation  system  at  Edge-
June   8, 1948
Granted,
June 9,
trict
water
1948.
Waterworks   system   in  the
City of Duncan  and sur
May 28, 1948
Tune 1
ties, Ltd.
1948.
rounding areas
Okanagan Centre Irriga
Winfield   and   Okanagan
Irrigation     and    domestic
Oct.  25, 1948
Granted;
Nov. 22,
tion   and   Power   Co.,
Centre   Irrigation   Dis
water system at Okanagan
1948.
Ltd.
trict
Centre
Quesnel    Telephone   Co.,
H.M.  the  King  in   right
Telephone system at Quesnel
July 20, 1948
Granted ;
July 23,
Ltd.
of Canada
1948.
Ryall, T. H	
Waterworks system at Crescent Beach
Aug. 17, 1948
Aug. 23,
works, Ltd.
1948.
Table 10.—Comparative Statement of Revenue and Expenses (" Public Utilities
Act " and " Motor Carrier Act "), 1940 to 1948.
Revenue.
Expenses.
" Motor
Carrier
Act."
" Public
Utilities
Act."
1940      	
$149,038.19
171,170.06
175,945.67
173,714.09
183,524.00
211,777.09
328,080.08
355,227.60
382,309.44
$69,229.50
67,952.13
68,956.02
63,274.33
70,555.02
78,002.08
111,984.66
141,011.90
177,124.16
$45,388.62
43,935.09
1941                                        	
1942           	
42,481.88
1943                                             	
40,724.35
1944                                         	
44,613.41
1945                      	
47,649.46
1946                 -	
48,715.34
1947                       :	
66,082.49
1948	
57,721.50
$2,130,786.22
$848,089.80
$427,312.13
Net revenue over expenses, 1940 to 1948, $855,384.29.
VICTORIA, B.C. :
rrinted by Don McDiARMro, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty
1949.
495-849-3336 

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