“Pay more, with new Hydro?”

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Customers fear they’ll pay more with new hydro rates Electricity provider says education key in making time-of-use pricing work for customers Credit to, cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay Read more, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2011/10/13/tby-hydro-rates.html

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Thunder Bay resident Daneen Brigham said she expects her hydro bill to jump now that Thunder Bay Hydro is implementing time-of-usebilling. She said there’s no way she can finish all her household chores in the off-peak billing times.However, Thunder Bay Hydro officials say time-of-use pricing will encourage customers to conserve energy, and lower the demand on thepower system. The utility has begun phasing in the new price structure, which uses smart-meter technology.The utility is sending information to customers to educate them about time-of-use billing and to help them prepare for the change.Dias pointed to a pilot project in Ottawa that showed when people adapted their energy consumption to time-of-use pricing, they reducedthe amount of electricity they used during prime time. Thunder Bay Hydro serves 50,000 customers, including residential, small-business and industrial consumers.
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