McNeil should make Emera pay for Muskrat Falls delays

June 15, 2016 at 12:12 pm

It’s the premier’s job to defend ratepayers, says Baillie

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says Stephen McNeil should make Emera pay the $87 million owed as a result of Muskrat Falls delays, not ratepayers.

“Ratepayers should not be punished for the Muskrat Falls delays,” says Baillie. “Premier McNeil should stand up and defend Nova Scotia ratepayers’ interests, not protect Emera’s profits.”

This week, Nova Scotia Power asked for a 1.3 per cent increase in power rates each year for the next three years at the Utility and Review Board hearing. Nova Scotia Power estimates it will cost $87 million to generate extra electricity needed to offset Muskrat Falls delays.

In opposition, McNeil criticized Darrell Dexter’s handling of the Muskrat Falls project saying, “His job is to protect Nova Scotia ratepayers.”

Stephen McNeil on Protecting Ratepayers 2013

In the 2013 campaign, McNeil promised to break Nova Scotia Power’s monopoly and force its shareholders to pay the Efficiency Nova Scotia fee on bills. Neither of these promises have been kept.

Baillie says ratepayers deserve more than just hollow words from Stephen McNeil. It’s time that he finally stand up for ratepayers.

“Premier McNeil needs to get out in front of these issues and address them head on,” says Baillie. “He routinely negotiates bad deals and Nova Scotians are the ones left holding the bag.”

The PCs have been calling on the Liberals to eliminate Nova Scotia Power’s guaranteed profit and introduce service-standards for Nova Scotia Power and penalize them if they do not meet the standards.