UPDATE: Hydro rates will go up 4.3 per cent

It's official: Hydro-Quebec will increases electricity rates by 4.3 per cent, effective April 1 — a hike which, for the average family, will mean an extra $100 per year.

It's well short of the 5.8 per cent increase the utility had asked for, but the hike will nonetheless be the steepest one a decade.

The Energy Board made that official Thursday afternoon.

The increase will mean an extra $418 million in Hydro's coffers this year.

In 2004, Hydro increased rates 4.4 percent.

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  1. wluis posted on 03/06/2014 07:12 AM
    That's the great thing about living in Quebec.
    When you can't raise taxes, you raise the hydro.

    The Slogan for the separatist "you can take all our money, as long as we get a country"
    Who needs to eat when you have your own country.
  2. joeN posted on 03/06/2014 08:03 AM
    Let's see, landlords are told by the rental board that rent increases should be no more than 0.08 %, your employer (if your lucky enough) will not give you more than 1% to cover inflation, yet we the taxpayers who's money was used to develop Hydro Quebec and create thousands of overpaid jobs for unilingual francophones is allowed to stick it to us every year since the PQ came into power a rate over and above the inflation rate. Yes, we see the prosperity Mme Marois!
  3. maria posted on 03/06/2014 08:07 AM
    They have got to be kidding, after one of the coldest winters were we all have had to overuse our electricity just to stay warm, they are going to go ahead and raise the rates, !!!
    I guess the PQ doesn't have anywer else to get the money to pay for this electon call, or all the promises she has made to the regions!!! Not only that but she is giving a reduced hydro electricity rate to ALCOA - a multi billion dollar company - there revenue is 25 billion a year and they are getting a reduced rate and WE the poor public are getting a 4% increase for something we need to survive!!! How come I don't here any complaints from Marois now. Like when she raised the rates in May of 2013 she was looking for a bigger increase because she needed to take more of the profits, so no matter what one way or another her hand is in our pockets!!! What does she care if she gets cold she could just jump over to her condo in Mexico and she will warm up real good..........
    1. mp posted on 03/06/2014 05:19 PM
      @maria Maria she fly Air Canada.
  4. LMAO posted on 03/06/2014 08:44 AM
    This is just a passive tax to fund election promises made to the hinterlands.
  5. ric posted on 03/06/2014 09:37 AM
    I guess that the bureaucrats at hydro need more money to line their pockets. Didn't hydro make several BILLIONS of dollars? I guess the pq wasted it all on themselves.
  6. Drew posted on 03/06/2014 09:57 AM
    I just got a .9% increase on my pension check not even a 1% and hydro which is Quebec owned gets 4% . This place is like Disney Land and Goofy is in charge
  7. GT posted on 03/06/2014 10:51 AM
    Must be due to the rising cost of hot soup that Hydro workers have under their collective agreement.
  8. Terry posted on 03/06/2014 11:29 AM
    Front load washers=less moisture at end of wash cycle. A little sun and wind even down to minus 13 and the clothes line works fine. If you have the time, you can save by not using the clothes dryer. Better to keep the money in your pocket.
    1. mp posted on 03/06/2014 05:24 PM
      @Terry Terry it will be better and cheaper to give your clothes away unwashed and then buy them back washed at the same Aubaine des valeurs. Sometimes they have 40% discount.
    2. GT posted on 03/07/2014 08:32 AM
      @Terry You can also stand on your head and let the blood rush to you head and warm you up while you lower the thermostat. Whatever you save, the PQ will think of a way of taking it away from you.
  9. Brian posted on 03/06/2014 02:05 PM
    Don't forget to add the 15% sales tax : TVQ-TPS ( Tous Vive au Quebec - Tous Payez Sacrement) . With the extra 15% tax on 4% the real increase is 4.6% . Also, the higher revenue earned by Hydro Quebec means a bigger dividend payment to the gouvernment- just another "cash grab" by the PQ . When will it stop?
    1. al posted on 03/06/2014 05:26 PM
      @Brian Don't forget tax on tax..
    2. 1mohawkview posted on 03/07/2014 11:29 AM
      @Brian Sounds about right Pauline Marois Named Pierre Peledeau as chair of Hydro Quebec his wife supports Pauline and Pauline lets Peledeau sit in on Cabinet meetings. Supposedly he doesn't get paid. I guess all those savings in salary is why we have this raise in rates. *; )
  10. George73 posted on 03/06/2014 03:41 PM
    Quebeckers have never paid the true cost for electricity. Just wake up and smell the coffee.
    1. GT posted on 03/07/2014 02:46 PM
      @George73 Can't wake up and smell the coffee it cost too much to brew. Hey george check out the rates Alcoa got, or better yet what vermont pays for the same electricity and then come back on your soap box.
  11. sebastien posted on 03/06/2014 10:02 PM
    im french myself and believe we're not all separatist... i think its fridgin stupid to vote PQ and now that marois is the leader its even worst ... some of my friends understand and others they get crazy and goes in big fights with me but yeah ... PQ are thieves they always been and everytime they make a mistake they wait and then blame it on canada ect makes me sick.... marois just gave us a brand new dept for that election 80 milions i think it is ? plus the hydro raise and then if she gets the votes we will go through another referandum that will cost us our shorts and socks
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