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Thanks to a new Ontario Energy Board (OEB) policy that eliminates usage-based pricing for recovering Hydro One’s electricity distribution costs, small rural electricity consumers are about to see a big jump in their monthly electricity bills. The OEB’s policy is not just bad for small rural households, it makes no economic sense given that there is a direct link between usage and distribution system costs.  Reducing consumers’ incentive to use electricity efficiently or to shift usage to off peak periods runs contrary to the province’s Conservation First policy and to the OEB’s own time-of-use pricing policies.

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