District Energy Rate Review Panel 2019
Shortlisted have been notified.
Revised September 28, 2020
Request for Expressions of Interest
The City of Surrey (the "City") has developed a district energy utility that delivers thermal energy to new and existing buildings within the City Centre area. The utility operates as a business unit of the City’s Engineering Department under the brand name, Surrey City Energy ("SCE").
SCE is a municipally-owned utility and, as such, is exempt from the regulatory oversight of the British Columbia Utilities Commission ("BCUC"). Similar to the City’s water, sewer, drainage and solid waste utilities, the Surrey City Council (the "Council") is tasked with the responsibility of regulating the pricing of services being delivered under the utility and ensuring that the public interest is served.
Where SCE differs from the City’s other utilities is that it is a new utility providing a new service in the City, it is relatively complex and there are private utility operators who offer similar service under the regulation of BCUC.
While the City is exempt from the regulatory oversight of BCUC, an external rate review panel (the "Panel") has been established to assist the Council in the oversight of SCE’s rates and rate structure
The Panel is comprised of three (3) members that are appointed by the Council with the Council appointing one (1) member as the Chair. The Panel will provide objective, expert advice to the City regarding SCE utility rate structure and rates consistent with the rate-setting principles articulated in Attachment 1 District Energy Rate-Setting Policy.
The City seeks Submissions from Respondents for one (1) Panel member. The City may recommend the Council to appoint more than one (1) Respondent from this RFEOI/SOQ based on the quality of Submissions received and at the sole discretion of the City.
If the City determines that an amendment is required to this RFEOI/SOQ, the City Representative will issue a written addendum by posting it on the BC Bid Website at www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca (the “BC Bid Website”) and the City Website at www.surrey.ca (the “City Website”) that will form part of this RFEOI/SOQ. It is the responsibility of Respondents to check the BC Bid Website and the City Website for addenda. The only way this RFEOI/SOQ may be added to, or amended in any way, is by a formal written addendum. No other communication, whether written or oral, from any person will affect or modify the terms of this RFEOI/SOQ or may be relied upon by any Respondent. By delivery of a Submission, Respondent is deemed to have received, accepted and understood the entire RFEOI/SOQ including, any and all addenda.
All inquiries related to this RFEOI should be directed, by email, to the person named above.