segunda-feira, 15 de novembro de 2010
Smart meters hurting small firms: Survey
have the flexibility to take advantage of lower costs offered during off-peak hours, so instead they end up paying higher costs.
“ So for example, you’re not going to serve your customers at 3 a. m. or you’re not going to be baking goods at 2 a.m.
“ For a lot of our members they’re very much sitting ducks for higher price increases. They don’t have the tools and they certainly don’t have the ability to manage their costs or to be able to shift their (electrical) load.”
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business represents 107,000 small businesses from coast to coast.
Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, a member of the Liberal government, said he shares some of the concerns raised by the CFIB study, especially time-of-use metering.
“ I’m hearing it. I’m seeing it first hand and I think we’re going to have to take another look at this because they are having an impact on the business community, which was never the intent,” said Craitor.
“ The whole concept was simply to try to use energy at the right time so you have enough for the entire province when there was a demand for it.”
Craitor said business lobby groups have been sending mixed messages about the impact of the Harmonized Sales Tax, with some saying its a good thing and others saying it’s hurting businesses.