Electricity rebates coming for Summerside customers
Summerside’s residential power customers will receive a refund on household electricity from the Prince Edward Island government.
A 10 percent rebate will be applied to the first block – 2,000 kilowatts-hours – of electricity for the Summerside utility’s residential customers. Effective July 16, the rebate delivers on a promise made in the province’s balanced 2018-19 operating budget and is intended to make it more affordable for Islanders to use low-carbon energy sources.
“Our province is committed to reducing energy use, and to reducing the impact of the energy we do use. These rebates help to move us in the right direction,” Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar said.
“New rebates on electrical power will provide savings to Island homes while encouraging people to use electricity as a green power source.”
The rebate will continue for up to four years, which will help to encourage Islanders to seek-out cleaner energy that lowers the province’s carbon emissions.
“Energy use can be an important factor in reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate change,” Communities, Land and Environment Minister Richard Brown said. “These rebates can help people spend less on energy at the same time as they reduce their impact on our climate.”
Summerside Mayor Bill Martin said the city looks forward to residents sharing in the tangible benefits of the rebate from the province.
“As a leader in smart energy solutions,” Martin said, “Summerside welcomes the provincial rebate as a down-to-earth component of big-picture energy thinking.”
“This vision includes action on climate change, a transition to a low-carbon economy, energy efficiency support, and development of clean energy technologies.”
The rebate matches other rebates announced for Maritime Electric residential customers. Other rebates came into effect on firewood May 14 and on July 1 for propane and wood pellets.
The electricity rebate is being implemented in conjunction with other Climate Change initiatives.
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