Power rates up nearly 40 per cent since 2009

If a new rate hike at SaskPower is approved, power bills will end up being more than 38 per cent higher than 2009.

“With such a strong economy, it’s frustrating to families that the government’s Crowns have to turn to Saskatchewan people to pay more and more,” said Cathy Sproule, NDP critic for SaskPower.

SaskPower has applied for a 15.5 per cent rate increase over three years. The government took $120 million from SaskPower in 2012, and rung up more than $115 million in cost overruns on a carbon capture project SaskPower will have to pay for.

“Saskatchewan people are already doing their part for the economy and our own household budgets. The government should hold up its own end of the bargain -- not force ratepayers to cover off more government expenses.”

The government cancelled Saskatchewan’s goal of offering the lowest-cost utility bundle in Canada – a promise Sproule said should have been easy to keep in a strong economy with profitable Crown corporations.

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 For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus
306-787-6349
emorrison@ndpcaucus.sk.ca