Hydro One remotes serves remote communities, usually through in-community diesel generators. They applied to increase their rates for 2018.
VECC intervened to oppose the rate increase. According to VECC Counsel Ben Segel-Brown, VECC supported a request by first nations representatives for a community liaison officer to help inform low-income consumers of the programs available to help them with their energy bills.
Hydro One Remotes agreed to a settlement proposal which reduced the rates being charged by $3.2 million for 2018 (which will carry over as a baseline for future years) and added a community liaison officer.
The Vulnerable Energy Consumer Coalition (VECC) is an unincorporated coalition of two major Ontario organizations The Federation of Metro Tenants Associations and the Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens facilitated by the assistance of a national non-profit charitable organization the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.