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United Way Director Praises Hydro Bill Cut

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

Dobbyn says low income, low density people could see as much a a 50 per cent cut.

A 25 per cent cut to hydro bills is great news according United Way of Bruce Grey Executive Director Francesca Dobbyn.

And while she expected an announcement from the Province at some point,  Dobbyn was surprised to get an invite from Premier Kathleen Wynne the night before Wednesday's news conference in Toronto.

That's where Wynne announced a 17 per cent reduction to hydro bills on top of the 8 per cent reduction that went into effect January 1st.

Dobbyn, who has been pushing hard to make the rural voice heard on energy issues and meeting with the Energy Minister and Premier, says it's good news for rural and low income people in Ontario.  

According to Dobbyn, the province is enhancing the Rural Rate Protection Program to even out the delivery charges shouldered by those in rural areas compared to cities.

She says "It's quite impressive and it really speaks to them hearing about the rural, about the low density, and the nasty impact that it's had on people's hydro bills."

Dobbyn says low income, low density people eligible for the Ontario Energy Savings Plan (OESP) and possibly the 8 per cent that went into effect this January, could see as much as a 50 per cent cut.
Dobbyn hopes the changes to the Ontario Energy Savings plan happen fairly quickly, but she's not sure if legislative change have to be made first.

She expects the global adjustment and rate reduction aspects of it will go through on May 1st with the Ontario Energy Board's semi-annual rate adjustment.

Meanwhile Premier Wynne says the the rates will be held for four years and will only rise with inflation or roughly 2 per-cent.

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