NL Hy­dro rec­om­mends rate in­crease for all of Labrador

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BYDEREK MON­TAGUE

New­found­land and Labrador Hy­dro is rec­om­mend­ing an elec­tric­ity rate in­crease for Labrador.

The rate change — which would take ef­fect on Jan­uary 1, 2014 — must first be ap­proved by the New­found­land and Labrador Board of Com­mis­sion­ers of Pub­lic Util­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease by NL Hy­dro, the gen­eral rate ap­pli­ca­tion, if suc­cess­ful, will cause a rate de­crease for most of New­found­land, while all of Labrador and other “ru­ral iso­lated cus­tomers” will see an in­crease.

“With this ap­pli­ca­tion, the ma­jor­ity of res­i­den­tial cus­tomers in the prov­ince will see a de­crease in their elec­tric­ity rates,” stated the press re­lease. “Res­i­den­tial cus­tomers in Labrador and ru­ral iso­lated cus­tomers will see in­creases in their rates.”

The pro­posed in­creases can be found at www.hy­dro­gra.ca.

Hy­dro is propos­ing a full one-cent in­crease, from 3.9 cents per kWh to 4.9 cents for the ma­jor­ity of Labrado­ri­ans who live in Labrador West and cen­tral Labrador, which ac­counts for 10,500 cus­tomers on the Labrador in­ter­con­nected sys­tem.

The 2,600 cus­tomers who live on Labrador’s coast, mean­while, would see a price jump from 6.9 cents per kWh to 8.3 cents per kWh.

Ac­cord­ing to the web­site, the cus­tomers on the L’Anse au Loup sys­tem, who are con­nected to the Hy­dro-Que­bec Lac Robert­son sys­tem, will see an in­crease from 8.0 cents per kWh to 8.4 cents per kWh.

All th­ese prices are for res­i­den­tial elec­tric­ity rates.

The full one-cent per kWh in­crease that’s be­ing pro­posed for non-iso­lated Labrado­ri­ans is by far the high­est out of all the re­gions in the gen­eral rate ap­pli­ca­tion. But New­found­land and Labrador Hy­dro Vice Pres­i­dent, Rob Hen­der­son, says that the pro­posed rate in­creases are not about pre­fer­ring one re­gion against an­other.

Learn­ing photo Bon­nie

New­found­land and Labrador Hy­dro is propos­ing rate in­creases for Labrador cus­tomers come Jan­uary 2014.

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