(Jul. 31/13) CRFA has been working with Nova Scotia Power to address customer concerns about “demand meters,” which record how much electricity is used and the greatest amount consumed at any one time in a billing period.

With CRFA’s help, NS Power produced new information brochures (PDF) and online videos about demand meters and demand billing to assist customers. Continued consultations have resulted in proposed amendments to the Generalelectricity rate (rate class 11), which will go to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) for approval later this summer.

More options for restaurateurs
Currently, restaurants and other businesses that use 32,000 kwh/year or more of electricity are automatically placed in the General rate class. Pending the NSUARB’s review and approval, the changes would allow businesses using 32,000 to 45,000 kwh/year to choose between the General rate and the Small General rate (rate class 10). Small General customers aren’t billed on demand.

If approved, the new option should be available by the end of the year with room for changes. CRFA would work with NS Power to create tools to help you make the right choice for your business


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