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.
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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.