Norm Miller is weighing in on last night’s public meeting about hydro rates. The Ontario Energy Board was in Muskoka to hear from the community as it reviews an application from Hydro One to raise rates.
The Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP told the OEB he has been hearing stories from families and businesses that are struggling to pay their hydro bill. He says some are choosing between paying hydro or buying groceries, and one senior couldn’t afford to go to the dentist after paying the bill.
Miller says the Wynne government is spending tax dollars to advertise their plan to bring down the cost of hydro, at the same time Hydro One is applying to increase delivery rates.
However, Hydro One spokesperson Jay Armitage says the proposed increase are necessary. She says the company needs to spend nearly $600 million on replacing over 70,000 hydro poles this year.
On top of that, Armitage says some preventative work and trouble shooting is also being done.
However, Miller isn’t buying it.
If the Ontario Energy Board approves the request from Hydro One, customers will see another $141 added to their bills by 2022. A decision is expected in early 2018.