The sale of Avista Utilities to Hydro One is nearing the final hurdle. Does it matter who owns our regional utility company? Do we really want the management of our local energy supply to become entangled in the politics of a foreign government?
Yesterday, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative “Torries” swept into power in Ontario. The election hinged on soaring electricity rates and gross mismanagement of Hydro One.
Ford has promised to “lower electricity bills for families, farmers and small businesses by 12 per cent, and fire the board of directors and chief executive of Hydro One.”
Do Avista customers really want the management of our regional utility company to be dependent on the whims of the voters in another country?
What about the massive $38.1 Billion debt piled up by Hydro One’s parent company, Ontario Hydro? The taxpayers of Ontario are still paying for that mess, with no end in sight.
And what about all those nuclear power plants in Ontario? Hydro One is obligated by Canadian law to have a 50 year plan in place to pay for decommissioning those plants. Where will the money come from? Surely not out of the pockets of Washington and Idaho rate payers?
Wake up NORTH IDAHO residents! It’s up to you now.
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will take public comments beginning at 6 p.m. on these dates:
June 12 in Moscow at the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St.
June 13 at Sandpoint High School, 410 S. Division Ave.
June 14 in Coeur d’Alene at the Midtown Meeting Center, 1505 N. Fifth St.
Written comments can also be sent directly to the commission at P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID, 83720-0074; faxed to (208) 334-3762; or submitted online at www.puc.idaho.gov/. List case number AVU-E-17-09 or AVU-G-17-05, or both.
For more info see:
Click to access oefc_ar_2017_e.pdf