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Guelph's official plan includes objectives relating to climate change and community energy initiatives. Will meeting these objectives be a consideration under a possible restructuring?

Why are we considering changes to Guelph Hydro now?

Are you selling Guelph Hydro to Hydro One?

Please provide examples of mergers that led to lower rates for residential consumers without a reduction in service and/or reduced spending on infrastructure.

I urge Council to maintain full ownership. The climate change crisis is upon us. Cities need to shift to renewable energy. The book "This Changes Everything" suggests public ownership makes the switch to renewables easier.

Please explain why two people left or were removed from the committee. How can new members possibly make informed decisions and recommendations coming in half way through the process?

It seems convenient that City Council appointed the entire Strategies and Options Committee. I don't like how one of the citizen members used to be a Guelph Municipal Holding Company board member. I don't see how this committee is an unbiased team at all.

Why are your negative reasons so subjective? If you don't sell the value will just keep increasing. Why are huge funds lining up to buy utilities?

As you explore potential mergers, will you also make an effort to research what steps may be needed to maintain full ownership, and keep Guelph Hydro competitive and innovative?

City Council decided to further explore possible mergers with publicly-owned local electricity distribution companies. Is this the same as municipally-owned?

Who made the decision to only poll 260 Guelph and Rockwood residents by phone to gather opinions on this issue? This does not allow for a true reflection of the community's feelings. Please explain.

Who is on the committee and how were the members chosen? Please be specific regarding citizen members.

How do I vote to maintain full ownership?

Guelph Hydro offers local control and revenue for our community. Energy flows are becoming more localized and transactions between supplier, storage and customer will change radically.
Maintaining some degree of local control will be critical.

The province is looking at delivery rates and how to help people that pay too much. Not liking their idea of cities paying more!

I am opposed to any loss of independence for Guelph Hydro. Selling may seem like easy money in the short term, but a big/private utility doesn't necessarily mean better service. When the power goes off, who sets priorities?

I am not in favour of merging Guelph Hydro with a larger utility. We will become the tail on the dog. Stay independent.

Guelph Hydro should remain in community hands and not to be sold or merged. Guelph Hydro is the perfect size and would be put at risk if merged into a larger utility; it could then be sold and merged.

How come Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Centre Wellington, Milton, and others aren't scrambling to do something?

Your report says people have no appetite to sell to a private utility. So why are you still considering a sale?

Income from a sale would be a boost to the community and could be invested in other services that are at risk. Competition could help reduce our bills.

Why bother doing all this work to make it appear everyone's opinions actually matter? You already know what your ultimate plan is so don't waste everyone's time and just execute your plan as painlessly as possible please.

Guelph should not sell out to another distributer! Taxpayers in guelph would not get prompt service in the event of power outages. In view of high tax rates we now pay, the dividend the city takes should be given back the taxpayers.

We've been here before and the people decided to keep Guelph Hydro owned and operated by Guelph. Let's keep it the way it is. I don't see the reason to sell it off. I think a merger is unwarranted.

I see that the City has received over 24 million dollars from Guelph Hydro. Seems like a no brainer to keep taking that money. The City didn't invest anything to earn that return.

If something can be done locally, it should be! I would agree to a merger for economy of scale, but only with close neighbours, like Kitchener and Cambridge.

If local distribution is only 20% of the bill, shouldn't we be looking at the other 80%? Generation and transmission.

How much money has Guelph Hydro remitted to Guelph for the past 5 years?

Bigger is clearly more expensive. As to keeping up with technology, perhaps if the City didn't take that dividend, Guelph Hydro could "keep up" even better, and/or lower the rates.

Why are you considering selling the utility?

I see no reason to change. Guelph Hydro is working well. Bigger is not always better.

Is Guelph Hydro is using different equipment and materials to address future electricity needs?

What is the deadline for comments?

The City doesn't invest in Guelph Hydro, but it receives dividend payments. How much money has the City received how was it spent?

Guelph service and rates are good compared to others. Why change now?

Using the Ontario Energy Board calculator, the largest utilities are the most expensive.

Just because everybody else is doing something shouldn't mean we have too as well.

I don't know what's best and this site does not help. 256 characters for comments is too limiting.

I understand Guelph Hydro may feel it can't afford the expertise to manage a smaller electric utility, however, I would prefer to maintain public ownership.

If the City of Guelph purchased other utilities, would cost savings reduce our bills or increase dividends to City?

This community consultation seems rushed. How will you make everyone aware of this opportunity to make comments and ask questions?

I will assume any decision will match Guelph's Official Plan and advance attempts to deal with the risks associated with climate change. If not, I would expect some very serious consequences to follow.

Will the decision on the future of Guelph Hydro help achieve the climate change and community energy objectives and policies in the City’s Official Plan?

As a former Hydro One customer I beg you…DO NOT DO THIS! We paid more than twice the average cost per/month for electricity. Let the taxpayers decide what is best!

Are delivery costs higher with Hydro One?

I live in an apartment building and my bill comes from WYSE. Will my bill go up?

What are smart-grid technologies, e-vehicle charging stations, smart home and smart city initiatives etc.? Where did that list come from?

When will detailed financial information for each option be available?

What services do large utilities provide, that smaller utilities cannot? How are utilities adapting to pressures on their business model and engaging with community energy plans in other places?

What new services will we get? Need commitment, not general statements.

Why are you so concerned about customer service and expectations? Guelph Hydro should focus on providing cheap and reliable power.

Why use Guelph Hydro to get money to invest in the community? That's what taxes are for. Guelph Hydro should be run as not-for-profit to provide cheap and reliable power.

How much is my hydro bill going to go down? It is beyond ridiculous now.

Who is on the committee?

Bad idea. A gain today will cost more tomorrow. By selling off an assets to woo voters you've lost this one.

Please explain how selling Guelph Hydro to Hydro One would provide better service to Guelph residents.

What's the average electricity bill in Guelph? What portion of the bill will be affected by this process?

Why did the Ontario government offer renewable energy contracts rather than having local utilities build and operate renewable energy systems?

The news often notes the bloated management salaries at Hydro One. I understand merging can reduce duplication and costs, but I fear the opposite would happen. Why should we trust you?

Guelph ratepayers built our electrical infrastructure. I understand it's among the best. I would not want it to be sold for a quick buck!

Will our bills be adjusted if the cost goes down?

Who gets a bonus if the company is sold?

When we moved here, governance and rates were better than other places in Ontario. Given unforeseen hydro privatization elsewhere, I wouldn't change anything major.

Are these options going to lower our energy bills?

What roles do Guelph's Community Energy Initiative and district energy play in this?

If you sell, and it's all rosy for a while, will our bills go up again in three years? Leave it alone. Working class never benefits.

Given the climate between the energy sector and the public, and the cost of electricity, I'm amazed the City would review the possibility of any changes. Why is this happening for real?

Who will be getting kickbacks from the sale of Guelph Hydro?

What's the purpose of a sale or merger? The Province says they want mergers and look what they’ve done to Hydro rates.

Who are we thinking about merging with? Waterloo Region?

Guelph Hydro shares its profits with the city. Why would you sell something profitable?

Will you sell to a private company? At my cottage, we switched from municipally-run to private company and my bill increased.

If Guelph Hydro is sold could the new owners increase rates for profit? Low income families struggle enough at current rates.

Will this result in improvements? Historically, these moves in Ontario appear to decrease service and increase costs to customers.

Will City Council weigh the long-term benefit of keeping Guelph Hydro, and its annual revenue, against a one-time sale to pay down the City's debt?

What is the timeline to making a decision?

What does this mean for my hydro rates?

Why is this happening?

How does this benefit or impact Guelph Hydro customers?

What are the options the Committee is considering?

What exactly is happening?

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