13 Oct, 2018, 10:50 ET
MONTREAL, Oct. 13, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Electricity prices are lower in Québec than anywhere else in Canada or North America.
In Montréal, residential customers pay 7.13¢ per kilowatthour (kWh), compared to 11.42¢ in Vancouver and 13.24¢ in Toronto. The same quantity of power costs C 31.52¢ in Boston.
A widening gap
Winnipeg currently ranks second-lowest in terms of residential rates, at 9¢ per kWh, but Manitoba Hydro anticipates having to raise its rates by nearly 8% over the coming years. Hydro-Québec, on the other hand, has filed an application with the Régie de l'énergie requesting an increase of only 0.8% for 2019–2020.
"Hydro-Québec is proud to have upheld its commitment to maintain rate hikes below inflation for the past three years," stated Éric Martel, Hydro-Québec's President and Chief Executive Officer.
According to a recent comparative study on electricity prices, Montréal placed second among large Canadian cities for the lowest rate increases implemented in the past four years. Toronto came in first, with a 0.5¢ decrease, but power costs nearly twice as much there as it does in Montréal.
For further information: Cendrix Bouchard, Hydro-Québec spokesperson, Tel.: 514 289-4104
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