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Enmax CEO removed

The CEO of city-owned Enmax has been let go, leading one alderman to call for a public investigation of the company.

The CEO of city-owned Enmax has been let go, leading one alderman to call for a public investigation of the company.

Bob Nicolay was removed as president and CEO Tuesday, under a "without cause" clause in his contract, Enmax said in a short written statement.

Ald. Gord Lowe, who sits on the Enmax board, says the company needed a change in leadership, but wouldn't comment further because it's a personnel issue.

The city needs to conduct a public investigation into the company, Ald. Ric McIver, who opposes the city's continued ownership of Enmax, said.

"The last several months, the CFO has left, the head of the marketing division. Now the CEO has left. You have wrongful dismissal suits. What does that say?" McIver said. "It tells me there's something going on there that I, who should know about it, don't.

"And I want to. So I want an independent inquiry."

McIver said he would make a formal request for the review in the new year.

Enmax ran into trouble over billing issues this summer, with the Energy and Utilities Board ordering them to refund money in a number of cases.

In November, it was told to pay back a surcharge it had added to bills to pay for capital projects, such as new transformers, wires and substations.

In August, municipalities complained that the company was trying to get them to pay for three-year-old billing mistakes.

And Enmax was also ordered by the Energy and Utilities Board to reimburse more than 2,000 customers the fee they were charged to set up late-payment plans. The EUB hadn't approved the charges.

Enmax also stopped taking pre-authorized payments from customers' accounts, then notified them they were in arrears.

Al Buchignani, Enmax's chief operating officer, will take over as CEO in the interim.

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