British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has added a new page at GasPricesBC.ca that features fuel pricing data for select cities in BC, including Powell River.
The new developments page includes gas and diesel price information for places the regulatory agency heard from most, according to a BCUC media release. In addition to Powell River, cities such as Kamloops, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Port Alberni, Revelstoke, Squamish and Vernon are included. Data for Langley, Nanaimo and Metro Vancouver is also available for comparative purposes.
Visitors to the new page are able to view how average fuel prices differ between cities, compare daily fuel prices in select cities to a city where the nearest wholesale fuel terminal is located, and view the components that affect fuel prices in the province. Data will be collected until September 30, 2020 and updated at regular intervals.
BCUC is responsible for oversight of energy utilities and compulsory auto insurance in BC. According to the release, its role is to balance interests of customers with interests of businesses it regulates. As administrator of BC’s Fuel Price Transparency Act, BCUC is responsible for collecting and publishing information about gasoline and diesel fuel activities in the province, in an effort to promote competitiveness and public confidence in the competitiveness of the fuel market.
BCUC does not regulate fuel prices.
GasPricesBC.ca was launched by BCUC on April 7, 2020, as a first step in providing the public with more information about how gasoline and diesel prices are set in BC.