Old power deal only applies to FFPC: mayor

A Supreme Court ruling on an agreement that dates back almost 100 years won’t provide any benefits to local customers of power companies other than the Fort Frances Power Corp., Mayor Glenn Witherspoon said Monday.
That ruling upheld an agreement between the town and the company that owns the dam here that it must provide power to the town at a reasonable cost.
But Mayor Witherspoon stressed the wording’s emphasis is on “town” and not residents of the town.
“There’s at least one person I know who wants to activate that agreement with the Town of Fort Frances,” he noted.
“It should be widely known and publicized that the power agreement which now is in the hands of Abitibi-Consolidated, and was at first in the hands of Ontario-Minnesota Power and then went through several hands over time, is with the town,” he explained.
“Individuals that decide to go with another power retailer under the new open power market really should know that agreement is not with the individual.
“I think it’s advantageous for the majority of people to understand these salesmen that are coming to your door are only selling the base power grid—not mentioning the bundled bill, the transportation costs.
“People really have to look at that,” Mayor Witherspoon stressed.
He noted anyone with concerns about signing up with a power provider other than the FFPC should contact CEO Mark McCaig at 274-9291 or via e-mail at ffpc@ff.lakeheadu.ca
Ontario’s electricity market will open to competition May 1, meaning customers will have two options to buy electricity.
They can do nothing and their local utility will continue to provide them with power at market rates, or consumers can choose to buy their electricity at a fixed rate from one of several retailers licensed by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).