P.E.I. agriculture producers may be paying higher electricity rates

Members of the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture are taking part in a survey to make sure they aren't being overcharged for electricity.

P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture surveying members to determine correct rate classifications

P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture executive director Robert Godfrey. (CBC)

Members of the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture are taking part in a survey to make sure they aren't being overcharged for electricity. 

Executive director Robert Godfrey says some members may be paying as a larger commercial operation instead of rural residential.

The P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture executive met with Maritime Electric in the fall to discuss proposed rate increases in March. It was at that meeting the federation learned producers may possibly be classified in the wrong rate category. 

"It became apparent that even some of my own executives were being misclassified, so there was a bit of back and forth there," said Godfrey. 

"Afterwards, we made a decision internally that well maybe my executive is not alone here, maybe there are other farms in the countryside that are also being misclassified and therefore overcharged." 

Godfrey says the executive decided to do its due diligence by sending out a survey to the membership to collect the information. 

The surveys were sent out in November and will be compiled over the next three weeks. Once compiled, the federation will review the information with Maritime Electric to ensure no one is being overcharged.

Godfrey says a change in classification could result in significant savings for some producers.

For its part, Maritime Electric says it is happy to look at any farms that may have made changes. They also encourage customers with questions or concerns to contact the company.

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