Posted on Mar 30, 2021

Utility Bill Relief in Response to Shocking Bill Increases During the Pandemic, Economic Downturn

 

Alberta’s NDP is calling for major relief for consumers following a sudden surge in constituents coming forward with massive cost increases on their monthly electricity and overall utility bills.

The Office of the Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA) cites a number of contributing factors to the upswing in prices in Alberta, including increased consumption while people are staying home to observe COVID-19 public health orders, increased use during the winter, increased costs for natural gas and electricity and increased transmission and distribution charges.

In response, the NDP is calling for the following four actions to be taken by the UCP immediately:

  • Provide direct consumer relief to two-thirds of Albertans (those earning up to $55,000 annually as an individual or $102,500 per couple). Model the relief program after the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program offered by the Government of Ontario, which provided customers with up to $750 in support both their electricity and natural gas bills. Consumers can apply for relief on both bills separately, providing total potential relief of $1,500.
  • Reinstate the Regulated Rate Option cap for electricity at 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour.
  • Reinstate the Utility Payment Deferral Program, which allowed consumers and businesses to defer payment of bills but which ended last June.
  • Ban all utility shutoffs for Alberta homes until the pandemic ends and public health orders are lifted.

 

We need action to help Albertans in this time of great need. People doing the right thing and staying closer to home during this pandemic should not be penalized for doing so. We need real consumer relief from these glaring utility bills and we need it to last for the duration of the pandemic, no matter when it might end - Rachel Notley

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Tanya

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my parents power bill is high nearly $500 and they are elderly all they have is their pension to pay bills

Michelle Bynoe

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Speaking of monopolies I recently realized that I can be charged whatever Epcor pleases for water, a basic essential. How can this be so? Over the last few years I was distracted by the legal drug dealers selling their potions for Multiple Sclerosis. The same M.S. they said had no cure but pay us for this concoction after we scare the living daylights out of you anyway. I can't have time for the UCP and it's donkeyisms. Their fan club awaits the benefits from my land taxes that I pay with my disability cheques. And then my daughter gets hired to be an RCMP recruiter. That's another story.

Anthony Viola

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Hell ya mine almost double its crazy as much as $500 now like really