Alberta NDP urges end to rising costs and volatile swings in electricity market

Alberta’s New Democrats say the province is to blame for electricity prices that are forecast to spike to record levels this month.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s New Democrats say the province is to blame for electricity prices that are forecast to spike to record levels this month.

Party leader Brian Mason says a deregulated electrical system has subjected families to volatile price swings that are increasing in cost over time.

Mason says the NDP would re-regulate the system to deliver affordability and cost certainty.

The Alberta Utilities Commission has announced that power consumers can expect to pay over 15 cents per kilowatt hour in January — an all-time record for the monthly rate.

That cost is twice the rate charged last January.

Consumers have the option of locking into long-term contracts for more stable rates, but Mason says that plan includes built-in profit margins for middlemen, making the long-term cost higher than going month-to-month.

Just Posted

Kinky campground turned down in Red Deer County

County’s municipal planning commission said campground didn’t meet regulations

City aims to improve transit efficiency

Citizen input survey is available until Aug. 6 on city’s website

Crops looking good halfway to harvest

Coming off a lousy 2018, farmers having a much better year

Adriana LaGrange tops Alberta ministers’ office costs in May

The costs accumulated by three central Alberta MLAs serving as cabinet ministers… Continue reading

Opinion: RCMP and military legal settlements ignore accountability

If you asked Canadians which institutions stand at the heart of our… Continue reading

Transat co-founder could make more than $17 million from sale to Air Canada

MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc. chief executive Jean-Marc Eustache stands to make… Continue reading

‘Joker’ and Fred Rogers drama among galas set for Toronto film festival

TORONTO — A standalone Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, a drama featuring… Continue reading

These mannequins aren’t for fashion. They’re for medical training

Lying on the table, surrounded by two nurses, a woman shrieks in… Continue reading

Lamoureux twins start foundation to help disadvantaged kids

BISMARCK, N.D. — Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, stars of the United… Continue reading

Canadian swimmer Kylie Masse wins second gold at world aquatics championship

GWANGJU, Korea, Republic Of — Canadian swimmer Kylie Masse has defended her… Continue reading

Pitt, DiCaprio and Robbie reconcile a changing Hollywood

LOS ANGELES — Once upon a time, not too far from Hollywood,… Continue reading

Toronto-raised sexologist Shan Boodram on winning ‘The Game of Desire’

Toronto-raised sex educator Shan Boodram wants to bring a more “human approach”… Continue reading

Most Read