HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Power says information redacted in an audit alleging it overcharged customers shouldn't be released at this time because it defames the company and its management.
The public utility told a hearing today at the Utility and Review Board that it doesn't want portions of the audit blacked out indefinitely, but only until the board releases a decision in October on whether the criticisms in the audit are valid.
The audit conducted by the Liberty Consulting Group and released in July says Nova Scotia Power owes its customers a refund because it paid $22 million too much for fuel over the past two years.
The company argued at the hearing in Halifax that the audit is defamatory, would violate the privacy of employees and break contractual confidentiality.
The province's consumer advocate, John Merrick, slammed the company's assertion that the general public may not be able to understand the information if it was released, saying it undermines the public's intelligence.
Conservative leader Jamie Baillie told the panel it’s in the public’s interest to know if they overpaid for power and the reasons why.
The board hasn't given an indication when it will decide whether the information will remain blacked out.