Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Rick Nicholls is after the provincial government to lower energy bills for families and businesses. The MPP said he’s receiving numerous calls from constituents, including two business owners who say their rising energy bills could force them out of business or out of the province.
“One business owner showed me his bills,’’ said Nicholls. “Despite conserving energy, he’s paying 45% more per kilowatt hour than he was two years ago.’’ Nicholls said another local business owner in the manufacturing sector just saw his global adjustment rate double from September to October, which caused his bill to increase by thousands of dollars.
Nicholls said government officials are telling him they plan to release a long-term energy plan within several weeks. “A promise to unveil a plan in a few months is little comfort for my constituents with a winter and higher energy bills on the way,’’ said Nicholls. “This comes years after the Liberals told my constituents that installing hundreds of wind turbines would lower their bills. Read article