Hydro-Quebec wants to raise your bill by 5.8%

Energy board hearings to get permission begin

Hydro-Quebec presented its case to the energy board Friday, asking for permission to raise the cost of electricity in the province by 5.8 per cent.

The board will make a decision by February. If the hike is approved, Quebecers will be paying $3 to $10 more on their monthly hydro bill.

Hydro-Quebec says the increase is necessary, in large part, so it can finance new wind farms and because of an increased energy demand.

“We have to integrate energy from wind farms, we have to index our heritage pool of energy [due to provincial law] and also there’s an increase in demand from residential customers,” Patrice Lavoie with Hydro-Quebec told CJAD.

The Coalition Against Public Service Fees and Privatization, which has been fighting the price hike, says these costs should not be coming out of Quebecers’ pockets.

“You want to develop wind energy that’s ok, but take the money elsewhere, like our government can do,” Sylvain Lafrenière with the Coalition said.

If approved, the new rates will be applied as of April 2014. It would be the biggest hydro increase since the freeze on rate hikes was lifted in 2004.

This will be the first time Hydro's "heritage pool" will be indexed. The provincial law covering Hydro mandated that the price be indexed as of 2014. That block of electricity has had its rate frozen since it was established, to allow Quebecers to benefit from living in a province rich with hydro power.

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  1. brian posted on 12/06/2013 03:06 PM
    5.8% increase ,plus another 15 % in Taxes - GST and TPS = 6.67 % , far above inflation of about 2%.
  2. maria posted on 12/06/2013 05:07 PM
    Now we know were they are going to get the money for the m.p.'s huge raise hikes. Don't
    they understand that the Quebec population is tapped out. They can not get blood from a rock.
    We are living on the edge...!!!
  3. Drew posted on 12/06/2013 06:40 PM
    Thieves!!!! The more you sell the more your profit. There way the more you sell lets jack up the price. Where are the wind mill in the U.S.A. Oh no I let the cat out of the bag
  4. ric posted on 12/06/2013 11:56 PM
    How much is the president of Hydro making as well as his cohorts. It's easy to head a company who has NO competition. I think that a 2% increase is more than fair.
  5. Burntout posted on 12/07/2013 11:17 AM
    So a Province with excess hydro capacity wants to join in the windmill follies? Let me ponder this for a minute! Quebec has currently enough hydro power to supply all of Quebec and enough surplus to power ALL of Ontario if the fools at Queen's Park could understand basic finances. That said, Hydro Quebec wants to go the route of the disastrous green energy plan similar to Ontario? Lets overpay some entrepreneurs (their friends) to put up windmills and pay them an unrealistic rate per kilowatt hours to supply Quebec residents with even more surplus electrical power? I guess with the winding down of the commission on corruption in Quebec, this TAXPAYER OWNED entity needs it own plans to suck money out of our pockets and give it to their friends. Mark my word, this Windmill folly will be a complete disaster! Just look across the boarder in Ontario and maybe Mr. and Mrs Hydro Quebec should read its own comparative study on the cost of hydro in various cities in Canada. You will find it quite revealing.
  6. JoeN posted on 12/08/2013 09:34 AM
    Simple PQ economics! Hydro recently eliminated the employees bonuses by increasing their salaries by the same amount of the bonuses. Bonuses that were not even connected to any improved productivity. Now they stick the everyday folks with the bill. Give away the energy to heavily subsidized industries such as aluminum plus dirt cheap rates to the US and the shortfall is recapped by the citizens of Quebec. Will the ignorant PQ supporters make all these connections when they vote next time??? Don't think so they'll be on the hunt to eliminate religious symbols now that they have eradicated the english language from signs everywhere.
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