City still seeking 600 Maritime Electric customers

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE – City council is running out of patience with the province over the lack of movement on a request to bring 600 city residences under the Summerside Electric Utility.

Deputy Mayor Bruce MacDougall

The city has maintained for years that the 600 residences brought into the city's boundaries through the amalgamation process back in 1995 should be connected to the city's public electrical utility.

Deputy Mayor Bruce MacDougall raised the issue during a city council meeting.

“I had a conversation with MLA Paula Biggar on a discussion about Maritime Electric customers,” MacDougall said. “I know that sounds old but it was supposed to be passed over to the new commission that was formed last year. We haven’t heard anything. There was an indication from the premier that he would be passing it on and it would be reviewed.”

In June of 2011, Premier Robert Ghiz announced a five-member P.E.I. Energy Commission would be established to examine the long-term future of the province's energy sector.

The commission, a key component of the Island's Energy Accord, was to decide on the 600 Summerside customers, currently serviced by Maritime Electric.

The city is seeking changes to the Utilities Act that will allow these households to be switched over.

Under the act, Maritime Electric is permitted to provide service within the boundaries of the City of Summerside to the extent that it was providing such service before Jan. 1, 2004.

The city held discussions with Maritime Electric but nothing changed. The city wants the province to become involved.

“I talked to Paula (Biggar) a couple of times and she emailed that there is a meeting coming up early in January with the minister and the premier to see if we could move this along and get an answer one way or another,” MacDougall said.

Organizations: Maritime Electric, P.E.I. Energy Commission

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • RJ
    December 27, 2013 - 09:24

    This so called city, can't even provide power to all it's residences now, let alone adding another 600 . I believe this city should get out of the electric business , sell that power plant on Harvard street to maritime electric and those wind mills. The city's electric rates are not going down , so I do not see any advantage ,but more money to the city so that they can waste it on foolish things , like giving it away to the USA .

  • Summerside Resident
    December 26, 2013 - 20:27

    The way you have managed the finances as Deputy Mayor over the past 20 yrs I would say noone will evan talk to you. You wasted millions, gave away millions, paid lawyers millions. I am surprised the City has not gone bankrupt. What about a Forensic Audit that you once voted against. May be a good time to have one prior to election year. and I might add prior to the gang of five including you being voted out.

    December 26, 2013 - 15:29

    I moved from Summerside to get away from high property taxes and high electric bills. My taxes and electric bills have been within reason since moving. I think the 600 in question should be able to decide for themselves if they want to change to Summerside. They were Maritime Electric customers before you took over their areas and they should be allowed to decide which they want.

  • Rural Maggie
    December 26, 2013 - 11:01

    hmmmmmmmmm lets see it is OK for the city of summerside to provide services ie route2 internet services in rurl areas, but NOT OK for someone from outside the city to reach inside your space and do business ie maritime electric......... come on bruce why do you guys have to have it all