Coronavirus: Ontario’s latest electricity measures leave out hundreds of thousands of customers

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Ontario's ban on disconnecting electricity during the COVID-19 pandemic and price roll-backs for energy do not apply to hundreds of thousands of customers.

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26.3.2020

“Hundreds of thousands of people in this province are being laid off and people are not going to be able to pay all their bills.” — Kenn Hale, legal director for the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario.

Ontario's ban on disconnecting electricity during the COVID-19 pandemic and price roll-backs for energy do not apply to hundreds of thousands of customers.

Ontario announces stricter consumer protections that do ‘not apply’ to 325K hydro customers But because of how Ontario’s energy regulations work, submetering companies are not subject to the same sets of rules that apply to local distribution companies. This includes certain customer service rules, such as when electricity can be disconnected and how much a company may charge for reconnection. Unlike the rules for local distribution companies, provincial legislation also does not allow the OEB to set energy rates charged by submetering companies. 2:09 Canadians return home amid border closing with U.S. due to coronavirus outbreak Canadians return home amid border closing with U.S. due to coronavirus outbreak Hale says the crisis caused by COVID-19 highlights the need for equal protection for all energy consumers in Ontario — regardless of who sends them their electricity bill. “It really does speak to the problem with lack of regulation and leaving these important decisions in private hands,” he said. READ MORE: Doug Ford scrapping rate protection for more than 325,000 Ontario hydro customers Still, many customer service rules and regulations imposed by the OEB do apply to submetering companies, such as the unit-submetering code. Prices paid by submetering customers in Ontario are also about $117 a year less than those paid by customers of companies such as Toronto Hydro, the SCO has said, citing a report prepared by consulting firm Power Advisory which they commissioned. Price cuts don’t benefit all On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford and Energy Minister Greg Rickford announced a 45-day price reduction to the cost of electricity for roughly five million residential and small business customers in the province. Story continues below advertisement The price cut applies to anyone on Time-of-Use (TOU) billing — including submetering customers — whose cost of electricity varies based on the time of day energy is used. READ MORE: Ford and Rickford said the price cut was necessary to help Ontarians during the COVID-19 outbreak, especially as they’re asked to stay at home and are likely to use more power. But the price cut doesn’t apply to everyone. There are approximately 250,000 “tiered rate” customers in Ontario — meaning the amount they pay for electricity is fixed based on how much energy they use — who won’t benefit from these savings. 2:03 Cat gets rescued after being stuck on Toronto hydro pole for hours Cat gets rescued after being stuck on Toronto hydro pole for hours At current prices, tiered rate customers will pay between 20 and 40 per cent more for every kilowatt-hour of electricity they use over the next 45 days compared to TOU customers. Based on average household energy consumption in Ontario — the data does not reflect increased energy use due to people spending more time at home — the difference in prices works out to about $20 a month more in electricity costs for tiered rate residential customers. Global News asked the government why it decided to implement a price cut for TOU customers only, but a spokesperson for Rickford’s office did not reply by deadline. Story continues below advertisement Coronavirus: Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19 Rickford’s office also did not respond to questions about whether the government intends to reduce pricing for tiered rate customers or whether it will extend the mandatory disconnection ban to submetering companies. The government has said its price cuts to TOU billing in response to COVID-19 will save small businesses an average $150 a month, while residential customers will save about $20 a month. The government has also said no customers should be at risk of losing electricity during the coronavirus pandemic. View link » Read more: Globalnews.ca

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Ontario confirms 100 new coronavirus cases including 1 more death, total jumps to 671 active casesOntario has reported 100 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday which includes one additional death, bringing the provincial total to 671 active cases. But let’s keep 97% of businesses open as “essential services” as that’s clearly going to stop new cases. If places are open people will go to them just because they are open globalnewsto Essential businesses open need to follow amazing examples amid these times. Thanks to Menagerie for keeping his staff and customers safe!!! AM980News Why show that when it is being tested with swabs?



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