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Documents show NDP government ignored warnings of higher power bills for Albertans: Wildrose

Wildrose Shadow Electricity and Renewables Minister Don MacIntyre today released the following statement responding to Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman’s astounding comments that the NDP government “wasn’t aware” of all aspects of Power Purchasing Arrangements (PPAs) when they increased the industry (SGER) carbon levy:

“Either the Deputy Premier isn’t being told all the facts, or is willfully hiding the truth when it comes to the timeline of when the NDP government knew about the impact breaking PPAs would have. Either way, these points do not justify legal action.

FOIPed documents reveal that the ramifications of adjusting the carbon levy and breaking the PPA were discussed by departmental officials as early as September, and that the implications of breaching 4.3(j) were clearly understood.

“The NDP government does not get any free passes when it comes to not fully understanding PPAs and their impact on Alberta’s electricity market. In fact, this is a topic that Wildrose has been warning and questioning the government about repeatedly for months.

“The implications of their tinkering with electricity policy in our province will be substantially higher electricity prices for everyday Albertans.

“The NDP government needs to take fully responsibility for not doing their due diligence on PPAs, drop their lawsuit, and end what is likely to be a lengthy and costly court battle against Alberta energy companies that are directly owned by Alberta municipalities and their taxpayers.

“Wildrose will continue to be on the side of everyday Albertans, fighting for common sense and collaboration in the electricity market that will result in lower prices.”