Seasonal Cottagers Could See Huge Increase In Electricity Costs
Muskoka’s seasonal residents continue to face an uncertain future when it comes to hydro bills.
Last year Hydro One was told by the Ontario Energy Board that they need to develop a billing model that will get rid of the class under which most seasonal customers have their hydro fees assessed. Hydro One warned that the potential elimination of the seasonal rate class could see some rates increase by more than 100 percent.
The Federation of Ontario Cottage Owners has been opposing the elimination of the Seasonal rate class and the related hardship it would impose on low-density seasonal customers for many years. They have submitted a motion in support of Hydro One's proposal not to eliminate the Seasonal Class of electricity customers.
If the changes are pushed through seasonal customers will be moved into one of the existing residential classes. Which class they fall under depends on a range of factors including the population density of the area, and the cost of the infrastructure and equipment needed to service the customer.