Why Kathleen Wynne might tackle hydro delivery charges to cut electricity bills

Date: January 24, 2017 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

Premier hinting that next relief on electricity prices will help those who are struggling the most

By Mike Crawley, CBC News Posted: Jan 24, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017 9:26 AM ET

Premier Kathleen Wynne is signalling she may soon try to tackle the sky-high delivery charges that many Ontarians see on their hydro bills. 

With her government bogged down by complaints about soaring electricity prices, Wynne and her advisers are scrambling to find ways to bring bills down. 

Wynne telegraphed that delivery charges are in her sights during a speech last week, mentioning a letter she received from an Ottawa Valley man she named only as Lloyd,

"He wrote to me about delivery charges that make up 50 per cent of his bill," Wynne told a business audience in downtown Toronto. She said Lloyd recently installed energy-efficient windows, and "feels like he's being punished for the investments that he made." 

Wynne is phoning some of the people who write to her about electricity, including Lloyd.

"He has every right to be angry; that shouldn't be happening," she said. "At the end of the day, what people like Lloyd should be paying for is the electricity that they use." 

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