Mary Baenen from Northern Idaho has filed a complaint with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission against the Avista Corporation, an electric utility located in Spokane Washington but with generation and service territory in Idaho. She is requesting that as many people as possible comment on the issues in her complaint. The comment period ends on February 23, 2018 so there isn’t much time.
Information on how to comment is at the bottom.
Below is an overview of the issues in Mary’s complaint.
Prohibit the management of Avista from selling the utility business including six hydroelectric facilities on the Spokane and Clark rivers to Hydro One, a Canadian utility company under the authority provided by Idaho Code 61-328b which requires that the sale be in the public interest. The service territory of Hydro One is Ontario, Canada and their headquarters is located in Toronto.
Hydro One Service Territory
Avista Service Territory
In the Schedule 14A Sec Filing, it includes sections describing the benefits to Hydro One from the purchase.
Order Avista to establish an opt-out for the smart meter program without additional cost to customers upon request. The reason for this request is the growing body of evidence as to the negative health effects of electromagnetic radiation emitted from the smart meters. Mary has a website where she’s documented a lot of the health information concerning smart meters.
Deny rate increases requested by Avista Corporation due to Idaho Code 61-328 (b) which says:
(3) Before authorizing the transaction, the public utilities commission shall find:
(b) That the cost of and rates for supplying service will not be increased by reason of such transaction; and
It’s difficult to see how the Idaho Public Utilities Commission can find that it’s in the public interest to sell an American utility company to a Canadian utility company that is over 2,000 miles away and Hydro One has the highest utility rates in all of Canada.
It looks more to this writer that the decision to sell Avista to Hydro One is a political decision and not a business decision. Considering the lines of business that Avista is involved in – and the location of those lines of business it’s not a stretch to consider Avista to be a trojan horse company created expressly for that political purpose. Consider the following:
In the Schedule 14 SEC filing, it said that the acquisition of Avista is contingent upon the approval of the Public Utilities Commissions in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Canada. They have apparently also filed a request for a CFIUS review.
Go back up and look at Avista’s lines of business and the locations of those lines of business along with the number of Public Utilities Regulatory bodies that are involved in the sale as well as Hydro One’s location.
And consider the background of Scott Morris, the Chairman and CEO of Avista relative to the job of running a small utility company in the Pacific Northwest.
The political purpose of this transaction appears to this writer to be to create the justification for a sovereignty cannibalizing North American Regulatory structure. In fact, that North American Regulatory structure would be something exactly like the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
A couple of years ago following my experience with Idaho Power, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, and the smart meters, I did some further investigation on the regulatory structure for utilities in the United States. See Chapters 3 and 9. At the time I thought that FERC was ceding power (no pun intended) to NERC, but now it appears that FERC is trying to go global.
It’s very important to have as many people as possible comment on the sale of Avista to Hydro One. This deal needs to be stopped and the internationalization of our utilities and the regulatory system needs to be stopped as well.
Obviously, the electric grid and our electric utilities are essential to the security of the nation. It would be the height of insanity to allow the regulation of them to escape our borders and the laws of our country.
Also, the last Canadian energy company – to buy an American Energy Company, sold their assets to Russia. Prosecutors ask FBI agents for info on Uranium One Deal
Please submit your comments to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. Remember this is a formal legal process:
Case Number: AVU-E-17-11
Utility Company: Avista Corporation
Articles Added After Original Post
This is from an article about Hydro One posted on Global Research – one of the best research websites I know:
Hydro in Ontario is a mess and rates are skyrocketing. The high number of people who have trouble paying or can’t pay their Hydro bills is growing by the day. Businesses are leaving the province and/or refusing to locate here because of high Hydro rates. A group that is especially being ignored is small and medium business including farmers (that’s from a former union activist!).
On 19 November 2016, Premier Kathleen Wynne said she made a “mistake on Hydro” and took “responsibility for it.” But it wasn’t just an accident that Hydro rates skyrocketed. Rates shot through the roof because they were structured that way through Provincial Government legislation. In actual fact, all three Provincial parties bear responsibility for the Hydro “mistake.
Continue reading the article HERE
What follows is a guest post presented by two former Toronto Hydro employees, Paul Kahnert and David Grant. They document their unsuccessful efforts on behalf of a larger group of retirees with intimate knowledge of the utility to engage the City’s Ombudsman, the City’s Auditor General, and the Ontario Energy Board in investigating malpractice at Toronto Hydro. The post and its attachments document how these concerned experts were lead on, then stonewalled or simply shut down from the start by three separate agencies mandated to protect the public interest.
Continue reading HERE