Utility Rates for Recreation Facilities

Res #: 16-08A
Number: 16
Year: 2008
Midterm: No
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Crown Corporations

Resolution No. 16 – 08A
Utility Rates for Recreation Facilities

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to reduce power and energy costs for recreation centers (skating, curling, arenas, bowling alleys, fitness center) as recreation facilities play a significant role in maintaining healthy, active communities.

Response from Honourable Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister of Crown Corporations

Response from SaskPower

SaskPower's rate structure is based on having customers pay for the costs associated with their service, and this is the case for the rates associated with recreational facilities.  It would be unfair to ask other SaskPower customers to pay more than their coat of service in order to subsidize rates for recreational facilities.

Response from SaskEnergy

Like other Canadian natural gas utlities, SaskEnergy is mandated to recover, without profit, the cost of the gas we purchase on the open market for our customers.  When doing so, we strive to provide rates that are fair and equitable across our customer classes.  Artificially lowering our rates to benefit one group of customers would mean that others would have to pay more than their share for the natural gas they consume.  Most would not find such "cross-subsidization" to be fair and equitable, and as a result, the situation does not exist in any Canadian province.