NDP calling for plan to help with winter home heating costs

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The province's NDP leader is wondering whatever happened to government's $6.9 million home heating assistance program.
NDP Leader, Lorraine Michael says the program, promised a year ago to help low-income families deal with the high cost of home heating, hasn't been followed up on.
"Last year, we all heard the stories about seniors going to malls to stay warm because they could not afford to keep the heat on in their homes. In a "have" province, government should have a plan to deal with this reality," Michael said today in a statement to the media.
The three-year plan to provide funding to the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation to create a Residential Energy Efficiency Program for low-income households would help low-income families with energy audits and insulation to cut their heating costs, Michael said, adding that she's wondering when this year's home heating rebate will be announced.
"Where is the promised energy efficiency program? And when will government announce its home heating rebate? My office is-and I am sure other MHAs are-receiving phone calls wondering when there will be an announcement," she said.
Last year government increased the income threshold to $40,000 with no eligible family receiving less than $100. Michael says that was good but there needs to be a long-term plan for dealing with the rising cost of home heating fuel.
Michael asks that government bring the rebate back up to the 2005 maximum of $400 and it should be the same for electricity, and other fuels, as it is for oil.
"The pressure to conserve and be energy efficient does not just rest with consumers, because so many of them can't afford the investment. Government has a big role to play here and they are falling down on the job," Michael said.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Housing

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  • Jim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    ... and this is just another example of why the NDP remains the only *real* opposition in the legislature.

  • chillywilly
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Y-y-yes p-p-p-lease. Someone please give us a break on home heating. It's awful cold here for me and my missus, gathered around our hot air popcorn popper.

  • Timboy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Well said Lorraine Michaels! Here we are in minus temps already and NL Power has not reduced its rates even though a barrell is a 1/3 now to what it was when they went screaming to the Utilities board for a hike! And what do NL Power do? They come up with a propaganda campaign telling us how to save on energy while they make millions off the poor. Shame! Keep up the pressure please Lorraine because Danny Boy a Have Province we do not have. Oh and those celebrations you are planning to embarrass the hell out of us all next year to celebrate the Have status (while thousands still work away in Alberta) maybe that could be better used for better home care for the elderly or new health care equipment?

  • Jim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    ... and this is just another example of why the NDP remains the only *real* opposition in the legislature.

  • chillywilly
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Y-y-yes p-p-p-lease. Someone please give us a break on home heating. It's awful cold here for me and my missus, gathered around our hot air popcorn popper.

  • Timboy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Well said Lorraine Michaels! Here we are in minus temps already and NL Power has not reduced its rates even though a barrell is a 1/3 now to what it was when they went screaming to the Utilities board for a hike! And what do NL Power do? They come up with a propaganda campaign telling us how to save on energy while they make millions off the poor. Shame! Keep up the pressure please Lorraine because Danny Boy a Have Province we do not have. Oh and those celebrations you are planning to embarrass the hell out of us all next year to celebrate the Have status (while thousands still work away in Alberta) maybe that could be better used for better home care for the elderly or new health care equipment?