January 29th, 2024

Nova Scotians struggling to afford power, especially in CBRM

HALIFAX– Efficiency One’s recent energy poverty report shows tens of thousands of Nova Scotia families are struggling to cover the cost to keep the lights on and heat their homes.

“Nova Scotians are dealing with increasing costs from all directions. Power is an essential service and the Houston government must ensure that all Nova Scotians can afford to stay warm this winter,” said NDP Leader Claudia Chender. "We want to see some compassion from the Houston government and action to help address the challenges that Nova Scotians are living through."

The report from Efficiency One shows that 9 of the 10 worst hit communities are in CBRM.

“The high cost of power is a serious issue for the people of Cape Breton. I’m disappointed with the Houston government and how slowly they are moving on this file,” said Kendra Coombes, NDP MLA for Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier. “Energy poverty is a huge problem and people are worried about how they’ll cover the power bill and keep food on the table.”