Sage Mesa/Husula pilot survey invitation

Update 29 February, 2016:  So far the pilot survey has seen very little participation.  My conclusion is Sage Mesa and Husula residents do not have much interest in this project one way or the other.

The following email invitation was sent out to a handful of Sage Mesa and Husula residents regarding the proposed natural gas extension for those neighborhoods.  I relied on word of mouth for the survey invitation because I did not want to attract non-resident participation.  But the "snowball sample" methodology only works if people forward the invitation.  A such I am posting the invitation here as well in an attempt to attract some more participation from residents of those two neighborhoods.  Please spread the word.

I will close the pilot survey by mid-Febuary so please participate before then


Gas line extension survey: How this should work

The Problem

Deciding whether to go ahead with a project like the Sage Mesa (or Husula Highlands) gas line extension is difficult under the "opt-in model" because:

  • residents don't know whether they support or oppose the project until they know the project's cost, but
  • the project's cost depends on the number of people who opt-in.


So a simple "Are you in or out?" question will not work.

Instead, the RDOS can ask a willingness-to-pay (WTP) question: "What is the maximum amount you are willing to pay for a gas line extension on your street?".  We can then use the WTP information to determine whether the project should go ahead.

Letter from resident to residents concerning natural gas

The attached letter was distributed to many residents of the Husula Highlands neighborhood.  Lorne McDonald ask that I make it available on this site:

Letter from Lorne McDonald to fellow residents

The main thread on the natural gas issue can be found here.



Sage Mesa/Husula Gas Main Opt-In Model

As noted previously, response to the proposal to extend the Fortis gas main into the Sage Mesa and Husula neighborhoods has been mixed.  What we are seeing in our informal straw poll and other feedback is residents with very high electrical costs who want access to natural gas and other residents who are happy with the status quo.  This is especially so in Sage Mesa, where many of the houses do not have ducts.  Such a split in opinion is problematic given the RDOS’s preferred approach, which is to make the decision on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis.


November 2015: Sage Mesa/Husula natural gas udpate

Just a few updates on this topic:

  1. The public meeting was held on October 22, 2015
  2. Initial responses to the straw poll are trickling in.  The general trends are:
    1. Husula Highlands: Low response rate; trending in favor of gas main extension
    2. Sage Mesa: Medium response rate; trending opposed to gas main extension
  3. You are encouraged to contact RDOS Public Works Manager Roger Huston to have your straw poll vote tallied, make comments, or ask questions.
  4. A link to the Fortis energy saving calculator.
  5. I have added some updates to the main thread on this topic.
  6. It is clear from the mixed response that we will have to do a more formal mail survey prior to making any decision on this.  We will wait a bit for this in order to give people time to gather more information and pose any questions they may have.

Husula and Sage Mesa gas line: information meeting


Proposed Natural Gas Line for
Sage Mesa and Husula Highlands Properties (see previous posting on the topic)

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at
West Bench Elementary School Library
7 pm to 8:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and FortisBC will be hosting an information meeting for Sage Mesa and Husula Highland residents to gauge public interest in the possibility of installing a natural gas main to Sage Mesa and Husula Highlands properties.  FortisBC and RDOS representatives will be in attendance to discuss the proposed gas main project, energy efficiency savings and implications for homeowners. 

Update 22 October, 2015: My slides for the meeting are below:


Natural gas for Sage Mesa and Husula

Just a heads-up: A resident from Sage Mesa asked me to look into natural gas service for that neighborhood.  His understanding is that the economics are not quite good enough for Fortis to invest in the infrastructure that is required.  Although a gas pipeline runs through Sage Mesa, a reducing station (the photo is of a Russian reducing station) is apparently required (update: a reducing station is not required).  Fortis told him they would run natural gas service to his house if he paid for the reducing station.