More and more Alberta families are being pushed into financial distress by their monthly bills, but the UCP has failed to deliver their promised utility rebates, the Alberta NDP says.
The Alberta NDP has called for some measures to provide accountability and support to Albertans with their utility costs.
Forecasts from the Market Surveillance Administrator show that projected electricity rates for 2022 will be higher than last year across every major provider, according to the Alberta NDP. Projections from analysts suggest that Natural Gas prices could be headed to over $10 shortly.
“It’s been over 100 days since the UCP promised to take action on utility bills,” said Kathleen Ganley, the party’s energy critic.
“They promised $150 in rebates for electricity bills and a rebate on natural gas bills. The amount of money they have promised doesn’t go nearly far enough, but even after 100 days of promising these meagre rebates, they still can’t answer the simple question of when Alberta will get them.”
Monday Ganley called on the UCP to:
- Provide a clear timeline on when the electricity rebates will be delivered, and to immediately recall the house to pass legislation if it’s needed to get them to Albertan’s quicker.
- Provide a clear timeline for when natural gas rebates will arrive. They were supposed to come into effect at $6.50, but current prices are over $9 and headed to $10.
- Provide public reporting of the number of utility shutoffs in Alberta and the number of load limiters, rationing households utilities that have been installed.
“Our calls are simple,” said Ganley.
“We stand here today asking for action on behalf of Alberta families”