The Energy Supplement Laws are intended to make it easier for consumers to save money on their energy bills.
But critics say they could lead to higher electricity bills for consumers who already pay a premium.
The laws also could have unintended consequences for some consumers, including people who already rely on solar panels for energy generation.
Read more about energy supplement law in The Globe and Mail’s Energy supplement law coverage.
Energy Supplement Law to Increase Cost of Electricity for Some ConsumersThe federal Energy Supplement Act passed in December 2015 will increase the cost of electricity to consumers who purchase energy supplements through the Energy Bill Payment Service.
The legislation states that the energy supplement will increase electricity prices by 1 per cent for consumers using energy supplements, including electric vehicles, electric heaters, heating and cooling systems, and solar panels.
However, it does not specifically mention energy supplements by name.
However, Energy Supplement Minister Ian McLeod says the bill is aimed at helping consumers, not creating an unfair incentive.
He says the legislation aims to improve efficiency of electricity generation and provide certainty for consumers.
“The Government is taking action to ensure that we provide certainty to our customers, while at the same time ensuring that they’re not paying an unfair price for energy,” McLeod said in a statement.
“Energy supplements provide the consumer with a lower energy bill and are an important part of our energy security plan.”
McLeod says he understands that some consumers might not be able to afford the higher cost of a supplement, but says consumers who are already using energy products will have little impact on their bills.
“These are all consumers who would already be paying the higher price,” he said.
McLeod said the bill will not affect the amount of time that customers will be paying for their energy.
“In the event that there’s a shortfall, it will not increase,” he added.
Energy Supply Act to Allow Solar Panel Installation on HomesUnder the Energy Supply Act, the government is making it easier to install solar panels on homes.
Under the new law, owners of homes that are already generating electricity will have to install panels before the end of April.
The bill will allow solar panels to be installed on any home that already has solar panels installed.
The Government of Canada is also allowing homeowners to purchase energy products with their energy credits.
Consumers can purchase the energy products on the Energy Products Sales Corporation website.
However the Energy Sales Corporation is not a government agency and is not responsible for any product purchased by consumers.
The new bill is only applicable to residential consumers, but the government hopes it will help many people who do not currently have access to electricity.
The government said the legislation would increase the amount that a household can pay to receive energy supplements.
It is also not designed to affect the cost to consumers of energy products.
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