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NB Power to ask for less of a rate increase due to Point Lepreau settlement

File - According to NB Power, if the new request is approved the average New Brunswick household will pay an extra $2.86 a month instead of $4.
File - According to NB Power, if the new request is approved the average New Brunswick household will pay an extra $2.86 a month instead of $4. Kevin Godwin/Global News

New Brunswick’s power utility is set to request a lower rate increase due to a legal settlement announced last week over the refurbishment of the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station.

NB Power says they’ve now filed new evidence with the province’s Energy and Utilities Board to justify requesting an average rate increase of 1.5 per cent — a decrease from the 2 per cent increase they’d asked for previously.

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“We are very pleased to immediately share the benefits of this cash settlement with our customers through a reduced rate increase,” said NB Power president and CEO Gaëtan Thomas, in a press release on Thursday.

“We are also greatly encouraged that our determined pursuit of a fair settlement with insurers on behalf of our customers has successfully concluded.”

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According to the utility, if the new request is approved the average New Brunswick household will pay an extra $2.86 a month instead of $4.

The rate change would come into affect later this spring.

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It was announced on March 26 that NB Power had reached a settlement with  “several insurers” that had underwritten the construction’s all-risk insurance policy during the refurbishment of the Point Lepreau station.