Town of Holy­rood reach­ing out to gov­ern­ment on rate mit­i­ga­tion

Coun­cil­lors once again fo­cus on ris­ing elec­tric­ity rates

The Compass - - Energy - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­

Holy­rood coun­cil­lors once again are fo­cus­ing on the is­sue of ris­ing elec­tric­ity costs re­sult­ing from the Muskrat Falls hy­dro­elec­tric project.

At the Tues­day, Oct. 23 meet­ing, coun­cil mem­bers unan­i­mously agreed to write a let­ter to Har­bour Main MHA Betty Pars­ley ask­ing how the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in­tends to help re­lieve the fi­nan­cial bur­den for res­i­dents of New­found­land and Labrador.

Coun. Roger Myette raised the is­sue at the coun­cil ta­ble.

“Ba­si­cally, as we all know, as a re­sult of Muskrat Falls there’s go­ing to be hikes in the rates for power, so it turns out now be­cause of that, a lot of peo­ple are start­ing to com­plain and won­der how they’re go­ing to ad­just their bud­get based on the hikes,” he told coun­cil. “What I’d like to see is some­one from gov­ern­ment ac­tu­ally to have a plan in place to help the peo­ple on fixed in­comes be­cause right now as far as I can see … they talk about a plan, but they haven’t shown any­thing yet.”

Last month the prov­ince an­nounced the Pub­lic Util­i­ties Board would be tasked with look­ing into ways to ad­dress rate mit­i­ga­tion.

Mayor Gary Goo­bie, who also spoke in sup­port of Myette’s mo­tion to write a let­ter, said there are a lot of se­niors who are hon­estly scared about the prospect of ris­ing elec­tric­ity rates. He added this is an is­sue for the prov­ince as a whole.

The town pre­vi­ously wrote the prov­ince in­quir­ing whether it would look into the op­tion to pur­chase New­found­land Power from For­tis Inc. as a means to ad­dress ris­ing elec­tric­ity bills. In a state­ment re­leased to The Com­pass, a For­tis spokes­woman said the com­pany had no plans to sell New­found­land Power.


The Town of Holy­rood is ques­tion­ing the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment on how it will deal with rate mit­i­ga­tion in light of in­creased elec­tric­ity costs loom­ing as a re­sult of the Muskrat Falls hy­dro­elec­tric project.

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