Concerns are growing that the introduction of time-of-use charges and smart meters will raise farm electricity bills.
But fixed rate contracts with electrical marketers have proved no panacea and cost savings are proving elusive
by MARY BAXTER
In 2006, when Wellington County farmer David Parker signed an electrical contract with Universal Power, there wasn’t much doubt the cost of electricity would sky-rocket. The 2003 blackout along the continent’s northeastern seaboard demonstrated that Ontario’s aging electrical infrastructure couldn’t meet the province’s growing power needs.