Quebec ski hills calling for preferential hydro rates
The association representing Quebec's ski hill operators is calling on the government to give preferential power rates for ski centres, to make them more competitive with other centres outside Quebec.
It wants several measures implemented — among other things, they want a preferential rate from Hydro, somewhere from 8 to 10 cents per kilowatt/hour. Right now, Quebec ski hills are being forced to pay roughly double that. They also want a change in the rate structure which now penalizes short-term winter consumers.
They say the high cost of running snowmaking machines shortens their season, and prevents them from purchasing the kind of state-of-the-art snowmaking machines they need to compete with stations outside Quebec — some of which pay as little as 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, and some, ironically, buy their electricity directly from Quebec.