Message: D09-12090

From: BoardSec
To: Batul Rahimtoola
Sent: 2009-09-14 at 11:56 AM
Received: 2009-09-14 at 11:56 AM
Subject: EB-2009-0096 FW: Hydro One Network's Application for Distribution Rate Change, Board File# EB-2009-0096

John Pickernell
Assistant Board Secretary
Ontario Energy Board
Fax: 416-440-7656
Official Correspondence:

P.O. Box 2319
2300 Yonge Street 27th Floor
Toronto, ON
M4P 1E4

-----Original Message-----
From: Murray Hyatt []
Sent: September 13, 2009 8:36 AM
To: BoardSec
Subject: Hydro One Network's Application for Distribution Rate Change, Board File# EB-2009-0096

Dear Sir Or Madam,

Please consider this Email message as my comments on Hydro One
Network's Application for an Electricity Distribution Rate Change
(Board File# EB-2009-0096), which appeared in Barry's Bay This Week on
August 18, 2009. The proposed distribution rate increases for an
average customer of 9.5% in 2010 and 13.3% in 2011 are excessive and
would have a very negative impact on Hydro One customers.

Hydro One's Delivery Charges already make up a significant portion of
the residential electric bill. For example, on my September 10, 2009
bill the delivery portion of the my electric bill accounted for 47.7%
of the total bill. Regulatory Charges, Debt Retirement Charge, and
the GST accounted for another 13.5% of the total bill. The
electricity that I actually consumed accounted for only 38.8% of my
bill. The current billing structure is creating a significant
disconnect between the amount of electricity that I consume and the
charge that I actually pay. The proposed distribution rate increases
will only cause this disconnect to get worst. Add in the changes due
the harmonized sales tax and the consumer's ability to control their
electrical bill by reducing their consumption disappears. This is not
consistent with provincial energy policy, which is trying to encourage
consumers to reduce their consumption.

Approval of this Distribution Rate Change must be conditional upon
elimination or reduction of the fixed portion amount of the Delivery
Charge. My total electrical bill must be tired directly to the amount
I consume. Rate increases should also be phased in over a five year
period to minimize the negative impacts. If you require additional
information, I can be reached at the address below.

Murray Hyatt
PO Box 45
561 Howard Street
Foresters Falls, ON, K0J 1V0
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