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Power vacuum opens as Hay River puts electricity contract up for bid – Northern Journal

by ahnationtalk on June 3, 2015370 Views

June 1, 2015

A power vacuum in the town of Hay River has sparked a turf war between the community’s long-time electricity distributor and the NWT-owned power corporation.

Hay River mayor and council announced last Monday they would be issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for electricity distribution rather than renewing their contract with Northland Utilities Ltd. (NUL), due to mounting concerns about the rising costs of power in the community, where residents pay almost 15 cents per kilowatt hour more than neighbouring communities in the South Slave.

NUL, an ATCO company, has distributed NTPC power in Hay River since 1951, and also delivers to customers in Yellowknife, N’dilo, Enterprise, Kakisa, Fort Providence, Trout Lake and Wekweeti. Last December, Hay River Mayor Andrew Cassidy revealed the town would not be renewing the franchise agreement with the company.

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