New Public Awareness Campaign
The Ontario Energy Board has launched a new consumer awareness campaign advising the public of new consumer protection rules in Ontario.
New Rules To Protect Energy Consumers
Ontario Government News Release, October 13, 2010
McGuinty Government Clamps Down On Unfair Practices By Energy Retailers
Ontario is protecting electricity and natural gas consumers with new rules that put an end to unfair practices by some energy retailers.
See the following customer service billing insert and press release that was forwarded to Westario Power customers in 2007, relating to energy retailers in our service area.
WHEN SOMEONE KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR… BE A SMART SHOPPER
7 IMPORTANT FACTS:
- Westario Power employees ARE NOT knocking on doors selling electricity contracts.
- Know your rights. If someone comes to your door selling electricity, you have the right to ask for photo identification and to ask what company they are representing.
- Compare prices carefully. Customers, who have not signed a contract with an electricity retailer, are supplied electricity under the Regulated Price Plan. As of May 1, 2007 the “two step” residential rate is 5.3 cents and 6.2 cents. What is the contract price offered?
- Regulated Price Plan Variance: The Regulated Price Plan (RPP) variance settlement amount applies to a consumer on the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) who switches to a retailer. This amount reflects your share of any accumulated variance between the actual price paid to generators and the forecast price paid by RPP consumers (e.g. 1 year of customers kWh consumption multiplied by the OPA rate). The variance will be settled on your next bill.
- Existing Budget/Equalized Billing Plans. Should you sign a contract with an electricity retailer, your existing budget/equalized billing plan will end and any settlement amount (debit or credit) will appear on your next bill.
- Contract Commitment: Withdrawal Penalties – Renewal. Before signing a contract, know the terms, read the fine print, and understand everything you are committing to. What are the penalties to get out of the contract? If you have an existing contract nearing the end of the term, read the terms of the contract to determine what action you need to take to renew the contract or to let it expire.
- The Ontario Energy Board licenses all electricity retailers and gas marketers. Retailers and marketers must use fair marketing practices. This includes immediately and truthfully identifying themselves, what company they represent and to not pressure you to sign a contract. If you have any issues or concerns in this regard, please report them directly to the Ontario Energy Board.
Consumer Alert Press Release – May 18, 2007
Unsafe wiring can be hazardous to the health and safety of you and your family by causing shocks, fires, and other electrical hazards. The Ontario Electrical Safety Code exists to minimize the dangers caused by unsafe wiring and unsafe electrical products. An electrical inspection must be conducted by a qualified Electrical Inspector to ensure that your wiring complies with the requirements of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
When Should Electrical Inspections Be Performed?
An electrical inspection must be conducted anytime you do anything within your business concerning the electrical wiring.
For more information, call the Electrical Safety Authority at 1-877-372-7233 or visit their website at www.esasafe.com
Dispute resolution is a process required by the Ontario Energy Board of each licensed electric distributor, the goal of which is to resolve complaints by consumers and other market participants regarding services provided by the electrical distributor under the terms of its Distribution Licence. Westario Power Inc. is committed to resolving such complaints promptly. If you have been unable to reach an amicable resolution with your party, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 519-507-6937 or toll free 1-866-978-2746.