Power rebate future questioned

The Yukon Party can’t decide if it supports the interim electrical rebate. Sandy Silver called on the government to extend the rebate through April 2017.

The Yukon Party can’t decide if it supports the interim electrical rebate.

Sandy Silver called on the government to extend the rebate through April 2017.

Through the rebate, residential power customers can save up to $26.62 on their power bill each month.

The program was put in place by the Yukon Party in 2009, and has been renewed annually since then.

Currently the rebate is set to expire April 2014.

But although the Yukon Party created the program, and continues to renew it, Energy Minister Brad Cathers does not support it in principle, he said in the legislature Wednesday.

“Clearly, the Liberal Party supports distorting the marketplace through continuing this artificial subsidy. We recognize the impact on rates, and that is why we have continued it, but there is a reason it’s called the ‘interim’ electrical rebate, and we do not envision it being left in place forever.”

Late last year the Yukon Utilities Board approved a 12 per cent energy rate hike, to be rolled out over two years.

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