HYDRO HIKE: Get ready to pay more if you live in the counties

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CORNWALL, Ontario - An already weighty hydro bill for many in the United Counties is about to get even heavier.

The Ontario Energy Board has okayed a rate hike that will become effective May 1. The increase will equate to about $34 a year more.

Critics have consistently complained about high hydro bills throughout Ontario.

Residents in the city will be spared the increase, as Cornwall Electric gets its power from Hydro Quebec.

Mike Pescod, general manager at Cornwall Electric, said city residents will likely see another "small" rate increase this July.

"But it won't be as much as they've seen elsewhere," he said. "It's gone up every year."

Pescod said the contract Cornwall Electric has with Hydro Quebec runs until 2019 and that negotiations to extend the deal have not yet been scheduled.

That typically happens when the expiry date gets closer.

"Historically our prices have been favourable with Hydro Quebec," said Pescod. "And I hope it will continue to be so."

Organizations: Cornwall Electric, Hydro Quebec, Ontario Enegrgy Board

Geographic location: Ontario

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