The set of facts that troubles BC Hydro executives most is the one that best reveals their deceptions. It is about consumption of electricity by British Columbia’s residential, commercial and industrial consumers. These numbers are taken from BC Hydro Annual Reports:
The consumption of electricity in this province has remained stable for a dozen years. In fact, during the first half of the current fiscal year, consumption is down by 2.1%, compared to the preceding year. BC Hydro’s management uses different numbers by conflating power consumed by its end-users with power sold on the open markets. Sales outside the province that used to be reported as “trade” sales may now be included in “other” sales and the utility pretends the volumes are part of domestic consumption. They dare not be truthful because it explodes their claims of growing demand.
However, while demand has remained unchanged, other important numbers have not.
Organization with poor systems of accountability inevitably fail. Objectives change to serve the individuals in charge. BC Hydro is a perfect example. Were the company still run by skilled professional managers, its goal would be to produce power efficiently and minimize long term costs for its owners, the people of British Columbia.
Wikipedia offers Parkinson’s Law, which describes BC Hydro. C. Northcote Parkinson’s adage is:
a reference to the self-satisfying uncontrolled growth of the bureaucratic apparatus in an organization.
Under its current Liberal direction, BC Hydro’s leadership forgets the company’s original purpose. Now, the aim is to deliver benefits to a tiny group of individuals and corporations and to have ordinary citizens pay the cost, whether it is affordable or not.
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