Petition to the Government of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board regarding current and future NSPI rate increase requests. We, the undersigned, request that the following actions be taken immediately to stop Nova Scotia Power (NSPI) from taking advantage of its customers. We request that the UARB not allow any rate increases until after the following conditions are met.
1- We ask that the government of Nova Scotia require an independent review/investigation of NSPIs financial situation which will be required to suggest ways NSPI can reduce costs internally to avoid rate increases now as well as in the future. This review is to be paid for by NSPI.
2-We ask that the government of Nova Scotia demand NSPI commence work immediately on establishing cost effective, renewable, green energy sources for its customers. Previous promises to supply Nova Scotians with renewable energy have fallen well short of being meaningful, so we ask for legislation requiring no less than 50% of our energy be produced via renewable sources within 10 years. Costs for upgrades to allow for renewable energy must be covered by NSPI without an increase in cost to consumers.
3-We ask that a program be put in place where, if a rate increase is approved based on projected increase in NSPIs costs, but those costs are overestimated and turn out to be lower than anticipated, NSPI will be required to refund its customers an amount based on the overestimated amount.
4-We ask that it be made mandatory that all future rate increase requests be accompanied by letters to every single customer of Nova Scotia Power clearly explaining that they are requesting an increase, how much they are requesting, and what costs the increase is meant to alleviate. In an effort to increase awareness among its customers, and transparency for Nova Scotia citizens in this matter, these letters must also clearly indicate NSPIs profit for the most recent quarter preceding the increase request, projected profits for the upcoming year, as well as the salaries of NSPIs board members. These letters are to be paid for in full by NSPI.