Hydro-Québec: more power at the Régie de l'énergie, calls for Option consommateurs

Hydro-Québec: more power at the Régie de l’é ; energy, advertising Option consommateurs

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With the significant increase in electricity costs expected for the next few years, the political parties in the midst of the electoral race must agree to give back the power to the Régie de l'énergie to set Hydro rates -Quebec, claims the organization Option consommateurs. 

According to the organization's estimates, a family of four should pay nearly $340 more in electricity for the next two years if rates keep pace with inflation, as provided by law.

“There is no reason to let Hydro-Québec's rates be dictated by the vagaries of the market or by the legislative impulses of successive governments,” said Christian Corbeil, general manager of Option consommateurs, in a press release on Monday.

“We have to go back each year to the Régie de l'énergie, the independent tribunal that sets the tariffs of electricity, so that Quebecers pay the right price,” he said.

Certa ins existing programs, such as the solidarity tax credit, should also be strengthened by the future government, judge Option consommateurs.

The increase in the basic non-taxable personal amount and the expansion of the access to housing allowance are also suggested.