May 10, 2019 7:43 am
Updated: May 10, 2019 9:08 am

Manitoba Hydro to appeal order to create special First Nations rate

Manitoba Hydro will have an appeal hearing to argue against an order to create a special rate class for Indigenous customers on reserves.

The Canadian Press/John Woods
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Manitoba Hydro will have an appeal hearing to argue against an order directing it to create a special rate class for Indigenous customers on reserves.

The Public Utilities Board ordered the Crown corporation last year to create an “On Reserve First Nations” customer class.

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It had to freeze rates on reserves while implementing a general rate increase of 3.6 per cent elsewhere.

Manitoba Hydro has said the board exceeded its authority and it must provide the same rates to customers throughout the province.

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The Manitoba Court of Appeal said in a recent decision that Manitoba Hydro has an arguable case and will hear the appeal.

Manitoba Hydro said it can’t comment on the matter as it’s before the courts.

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