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20-Aug-2017 Email

I live in a 1000 sq. Ft. House with average use and our power bill is already $250.00 plus per month. Soon we will not be able to afford to turn the lights on. Saskpower needs to cut back on expenses, not increase rates twice per year. The person who comes to check meters on our property drives up in a new ford explorer. A small car would do the same job, etc, etc.


20-Aug-2017 Email

I seriously think this could be the straw for this camels back! We cannot possibly take one more increase in taxes, utilities or anything else without suffering dire consequences. Maybe at this time, you should be looking within the organization for ways to find money for infrastructure rather than gouging the hard working citizens of the province. This increase request absolutely sickens me!


20-Aug-2017 Email Hello.

I am definitely opposed to another rate increase by Sask Power.  We live in rural Saskatchewan and have electric heat.  All of these continued rate increases are hurting us financially as we are on a fixed income.  We have already been slammed with increased taxes on PST, insurance, etc.  We would get natural gas installed, but it is over $ 33,000.00 just to get the line ran to our house, so that is not an option.  It seems like every time we turn around, Sask Power wants another increase.  This year, a Sask Power came to our yard and wanted to inspect the power poles on our property.  There were 3 men in the vehicle that came to inspect the poles.  Not sure why it required 3 people to inspect a power pole.  Perhaps better management and accountability could keep this company running more efficiently and they would not need more money to run their business.  It also seems like every year, they report how many millions of dollars they made that year and then they turn around and ask for another rate increase.  I also do not think the executives need to be making the salaries they do.  They are being overpaid in my opinion.  I feel the company can be managed better financially rather than all of these continued rate increases. 

Thank you,

Strasbourg
20-Aug-2017 Email

It is irresponsible to ask for another 5% increase when we just had an increase of 3.5%. Power is already my most expensive bill, double what my energy bill is, and saying it averages $6 per month is a lie: mine will increase almost $9 per month. I'm sure other people struggling will see more than that on their bill. The poorest of this province have been hit the hardest in this last provincial budget. Any increase is just another blow to those already hurt. We heard the rate increase was necessary in January. Why so much again in roughly 1 year? Wages aren't going up. In fact we know workers have been asked to take a cut and days without pay. Is the rate hike a plan to show another crown with record profit in order to make it more appealing to a potential buyer? Please do what helps the residents and say no to a rate hike. Thank you.


20-Aug-2017 Feedback form

Thanks for the opportunity to comment. I am very low income. I work part time as a housing manager and groundskeeper for government low income seniors. My groundskeeping contract has been frozen since 2002, and managers administration allowance was slashed in 2007. I don't even make enough to pay for printer cartridges. With many yrs zero or very low increase to managers contract. I am an artist as well, and don't make a great deal of income from that. With all the mandatory infrastructure projects government has put on small villages for new water treatment, lagoon expansion and garbage pickup now contracted from Regina ... I've seen a massive increase in utilities and property taxes. SaskPower has already increased rates significantly twice in one year. So my feelings are don't raise power rates yet again! Thanks.


19-Aug-2017 Feedback form

This 5% SP is asking for is absolutely ridiculous, the power rate in Sask is already the highest in Western Canada and we are sick of these regular increases. They should be reducing rates not raising them. NO MORE INCREASES in fact they Sask Party should privatize this horrible monopoly and allow wide open competition in Sask..NO MORE INCRESES!!!


19-Aug-2017 Email

Hello: I've briefly read the SaskPower application and would like to offer one thought for the Panel. How much of SaskPower's indebtedness is a consequence of the faulty meters and subsequent inspections and are SaskPower's customers expected to cover the costs which resulted from the Corporation's and supplier's decisions? Thank you for considering my concern,


19-Aug-2017 Email

I don't think saskpower should increase, being a costumer from northern Saskatchewan I already feel that the northern population isn't getting the full customer satisfaction in the past 3 month I have heard from multiple customers that they got extremely high bills and I also got one for 1600 which I am dumbfounded about because I cannot see myself using 500/month worth of power. I hope saskpower does not increase.


19-Aug-2017 Email

When did "Get Rich Off Of The Hardworking Backs Of Saskatchewan People" become Ok? Saskpower has shown major profits over the years! Profits! Not in the red, not breaking even, PROFITS! So how can a Review Board justify more increases? Saskpower doesnt NEED the money, they WANT the money so a shitload of lazy-ass executives and managers can fill their pockets off of the "just-breaking-even" working class people. How is this right? Please DO NOT approve of this increase, it is completely unnecessary!


19-Aug-2017 Email

While I can see the need to look forward into the future, I can also see the need for cautionary steps to take as a result of a provincial budget that has already inflicted severe harm to its population.  Give us time to recover from the fatal provincial blow before wielding another!!!    


19-Aug-2017 Email

More transparency of where this increase is actually going (infrastructure) would do wonders when asking for more money. Of this requested increase how much is going to CEO and upper management?The reason I am asking is it must be close to union contract negotiations and you know dam well management will want an increase also.


19-Aug-2017 Email

5% is just too much, a small increase I can understand but there are too many citizens that cannot keep paying for all these increases.


19-Aug-2017 Email

Absolutely not. Tell the government to hand back the excess dividends they've pulled out of Saskpower if the utility needs infrastructure improvements. Or the developers who are profiting off their building binge.


19-Aug-2017 Email

I must say I am shocked that inspite of recent cuts and increased taxes on then people of SK that sask power executives think now is the time to increase the cost of power consumption. While everyone is struggling to get through this difficult time with cuts to our wages and extra taxes straining our income numbers now is not the time to come after us for more money.  Also I am quite confused about why Saskatchewan costs for power are so much higher than that of Alberta. Perhaps it's operating expenses that are too high. I think sask power needs to look inward to its own expenses and make some cuts to free up some money to make the necessary upgrades. Asking consumers to tighten their belts even more is ridiculous.


18-Aug-2017 Email

Electricity cost in SK: We pay (13.8), this is 5x Alberta (2.8) and will be almost double (8.08) Manitoba after this increase. Coal power has been at crazy lows for years and while other coal users get cheaper power, we pay more. That is unacceptable and is not justified. The rates were already increased less than a year ago. Why is this rate increase necessary? Why are we paying so much more than other prairie provinces?


18-Aug-2017 Email

Please deny another rate increase. The people of Saskatchewan are struggling enough to make ends meet. Why don’t you propose a significant wage decrease for the ceo and the overpaid management at these crown corporations? 3 rate increases in 3 years and increases in every other necessity provided by the government of Saskatchewan to cover their mismanagement is not fair to the residents of this province. Deny this increase and suggest they tighten their belts from within. Thank you  


18-Aug-2017 Email

Please don't hike power rates again! They've already gone up enough!


18-Aug-2017 Email

The people of this province are already struggling so much! We're being hit from all sides with increases, tax hikes, over priced housing and our wages are not going up! We pay too much already. Stop with the increases and inconsistent meter reading and way out to lunch estimates! You're taking advantage of the people in this province because there are no other options. Shame on you!!! 


18-Aug-2017 Email

Dear Members of the Rate Review Panel, I understand that the power problems this summer have been expensive. I would REALLY prefer that SaskPower use cost-cutting measures to help cover these expenses, and opt to make smaller profits, rather than put another increase on customers. Yes, some users won't notice this increase, but for me - it's too much. I am on a pension with few options to earn extra money, and the recent taxation changes to my health insurance just reduced my pension. I will definitely feel the impact. All of my expenses just keep increasing. I hope you consider those of us who live on small, fixed incomes. PLEASE. Thanks for the opportunity to give input. Hopefully you will listen.


18-Aug-2017 Email

I can't afford my bill to even be a dollar more I take home under 1000 bi weekly and my bill is from 400 to 500 a month! Still have other bills and groceries and mortgage to pay. This city is getting to expensive!! Have a good day


18-Aug-2017 Email

Yes, my husband and myself are opposed to another rate increase, we do understand that the power grid and infrastructure has to be improved and maintained, however, when top management have salaries that the common person cannot even begin to imagine, it is difficult to agree. We do understand that salaries have to compare to other companies but freeze the top salaries for a couple of years or at least minimum increases and stop taking our income that we already just barely meet expenses. When does the bleeding stop, we have an energy efficient home, changed all the light bulbs to high efficiency, a mid efficient furnace and the power company keeps raising rates so they still get their dollars. We have fixed incomes and try to live within our means and this proposed power rate increase and the tax increases by the recent provincial budget we will lose well over a thousand dollars annually and our OAS increased less than ten dollars per month. Please reconsider this increase, or do not remind customers to reduce power usage in their homes as everyone just keeps paying no matter what customers try to do.


18-Aug-2017 Email

I do not agree with this increase. People such as myself and my husband are directly affected. My huband works as a Cabinet Finisher and I work at a Residence for mental illness. No I am not paid big bucks, as a matter of fact my job will be suffering with a 10% rollback in funding and wages coming up. My husband and I work very hard and live pay cheque to pay cheque. We rent a house and we pay every utility. Some times we can’t even go grocery shopping because we’re broke after paying the rent and bills. No we don’t live on credit cards, we don’t even have one. We pay for ‘everything’. Life is hard as it is, it’s getting difficult to survive, and there are thousands more like us. Take more money from the ones who can afford it.



Thank you.


18-Aug-2017 Email

I don't want another increase prices are getting rediculous and with all the cuts and wage cuts how are people able to afford more increases when they are making less money!!!! You get enough money as it is


18-Aug-2017 Feedback form

With the strained economy in Saskatchewan right now, I do not feel it is appropriate for our crown to be increasing our power costs. They just had an increase. I think Saskatchewan people need a break for at least a year from our essentials continually costing us more money.


18-Aug-2017 Email

I don't think they need to raise it again - get the govt to give them some pst money use




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