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Olds power retailer promoted in wake of carbon tax hike

A portion of profits from town-owned Mountain View Power are distributed to local projects and non-profit groups to enrich the community
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OLDS – The Town of Olds' chief administrative officer has some advice for those smarting from the newly-hiked carbon tax on their power bills – switch to the municipally-owned Mountain View Power.

The federally-imposed carbon tax was hiked April 1.

It raised the cost of gas, diesel, propane, and natural gas in Alberta and other provinces except B.C., Quebec and Northwest Territories, which have their own carbon pricing plans.

As a result, the carbon price for gasoline is now calculated to be 17.6 cents a litre, up 3.3 cents per litre from last month.

In the case of natural gas, the carbon price is expected to be an average of $347 a year, up from $282 last year.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the purpose of the tax is to put a price on carbon and thereby encourage Canadians to switch to non-fossil fuel-related sources of fuel and energy.

During a recent town council meeting, Brent Williams said energy consumers looking for a deal should check out the latest rates from Mountain View Power - part of the Town of Olds' municipally-controlled corporation.

“(They’re) quite competitive and we all know where the money goes,” he said.

Mountain View Power sells natural gas and electricity to homes and businesses in Olds and surrounding areas on behalf of UtilityNET, a Calgary-based energy retailer. 

A portion of MVP’s profits go into a community grants program to provide financial assistance toward projects/events/ activities that enhance and enrich the community. 

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