NDP by-election Candidate Joe Krmpotich vowed to lower transmission and delivery costs for electricity consumers in rural areas, including camp owners.
“People are paying exorbitant costs for electricity they’re not even using,” said Krmpotich. “Families looking to spend time together will have their weekend spoiled if they’ve got a hydro bill waiting for them. It’s heartbreaking to think that families that have owned camps for generations may be forced to consider selling.”
Krmpotich said his office has been flooded with calls from camp owners outraged at their bills.
“Just the other day I got a call from Steve, a Sault resident who owns a camp near Thessalon, east of Highway 129″ said Krmpotich. His power was essentially off since February – he used just 20-cents worth of electricity, but his bill was close to $115. That simply shouldn’t be.”
According to data from the Ontario Energy Board, rural Hydro One customers pay delivery costs that are significantly higher than urban customers.
“New Democrats have a plan that would fix unfair delivery charges,” said Krmpotich. “Rural and seasonal residents should pay the same delivery costs as urban residents. I’m going to fight to make sure you can still afford to keep the camp in the family and lower hydro bills for all residents and businesses in Sault Ste.Marie”