NDP Government Must Match Federal Energy Rebate: Younger
July 15, 2011
(Halifax, NS) Liberal MLA Andrew Younger says the NDP government must make certain the province matches the federal government’s rebate program and help make homes in Nova Scotia more energy efficient.
“While the Conservative government has made it more difficult for homeowners to access support by creating more steps and a strict deadline to qualify for the rebate program, Nova Scotia homeowners should still be given the best possible opportunity to conserve energy,” says Younger. “This is a situation where government can help to provide much needed assistance on power and heating bills in the province.”
“The NDP need to step up to the plate, erase uncertainty and match the ecoEnergy Retrofit program without hesitation.”
The federal government has resumed the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program. Younger believes it is crucial the provincial government match the federal refund and extend any of the Nova Scotia’s energy rebate deadlines to match Ottawa.
Homeowners continue to face inflated power bills and are staring down the barrel of their 7th increase in 10 years, on top of being burdened with added energy costs from the NDP government.
“To be timid on matching the federal rebate is not only unwise on the NDP government’s behalf, it is also morally wrong,” says Younger.“The NDP government put the Efficiency Nova Scotia charge on residential power bills so it’s only fair the NDP meet the federal rebate and alleviate some of the pressure homeowners continue to face with increased power rates in Nova Scotia.”
"The federal government has made it tough enough for homeowners to access funding under the new program. The Nova Scotia NDP government should not make it harder by delaying a decision."