Nova Scotia Power
is the only "mainstream" power provider for about
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competition to speak of, NS Power has, over the years, raised its rates to about 15 cents per kilowatt hour. NS Power also charges residential
customers $10.83 each month as a service charge, much like a bank.
NS Powers' parent company, Emera paid its CEO 4.7 million dollars last year.; NS Powers ' own President made 1.2 million. This comes straight off
the backs of hard working, salt of the earth people who are sometimes too stupid to protest this. Since the PC government made the idiotic decision to
privatise Nova Scotias one and only power company, it has made 2.5 billion dollars in profit. This is well and good for capitalism, if that's what
you believe in, but it's horrible for our provinces economy. Imagine the stimulation that could have been enjoyed in NS's economy if the public was
able to spend this money at small businesses, or invest it in education opportunities, etc.
This injustice of the private sector is not my true point here, though. I believe the true conspiracy lies in the blackouts NS has been experiencing
since Hurricane Juan in 2003. Some Nova Scotians at the time had no power for up to a week. Faith in the power company being at an all time low, no
one was surprised when different communities started experiencing several hour long power outages about once a month. This month and last month, down
to the day, my small community, and about 21,000 other NS Power customers experienced a power outage of about 3 hours. The explanation given by the
company representatives raged from " Power Interruption" to "I Don't Know". This has been happening intermittently for years, and rates keep
going up and up. Profits keep going up and up.
NS Power also has a habit of overcharging its customers via power metres that keep spinning in outages, and with their payment plan that allows you to
pay a flat rate based on how much power you used last year. People only recieve payment for these over-charges after mass protest. During these short
power outages, NS power is still charging these customers who pay a flat rate a certain amount per day, regardless of any power outage that might be
In short, I believe Nova Scotia power is causing these power outages intentionally to scrounge what little they can while the power is off, because
most customers will never think to protest about this. Nova Scotia Power takes advantage of customers who face $800 power bills in the winter months
without using their flat rate per month billing option.
I don't know how many Nova Scotians are here on ATS, but if you're here, please bring this up with NS Power if it affects you. Nova Scotia Power
should be brought back into the public sector and its record breaking profits being made off the back of our people should stop.
Another point that should be taken into consideration is Nova Scotia Powers plan to replace its linesmen and women with low paid foreign workers. They
planned to pay these people minimum wage minus a barely legal fee for putting them up in housing owned by NS Power.
NS Power is a scum corporation, and it's conspiracy to steal money from Nova Scotians should be outed. Even if it's $3 worth of power during an
outage, that adds up! It's YOUR MONEY and it's being paid in the millions to some guy who doesn't give a # about you when all the groceries you
have go bad in the fridge during an outage, or if your elderly family members freeze during winter time black outs.
It's your money, so let's fight back. Demand they bury the lines. Demand they lower the rates. Demand it become public. Enough with this Canadian