Friday, February 26, 2021

Support For Time of Use Hydro Rates

Editor,

It is rare indeed for me to take issue with you on anything, but in your Rants and Raves this week you suggest that time of use hydro rates is perhaps an outdated idea. Obviously you were not thinking of seniors on a fixed income when you made that statement.

A few years ago Ontario Hydro did revisit time of use and set the lowest rates in the middle of the night which caused outrage among seniors who carefully select when to do their laundry to keep their expenses down. Hydro quickly responded by adjusting the times to a more reasonable schedule. And, there is more than one reason for time of use, and one of them is to encourage people to use hydro at off-peak times to reduce the load on our system.

There is an old saying; “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. This surely applies here.

David Blackburn, Meaford

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