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Stora Enso seeks cheaper electricity


July 10, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Stora Enso is appealing to the government of Nova Scotia to supply large industrial users with cheaper electricity.

Stora Enso is appealing to the government of Nova Scotia to supply large industrial users with cheaper electricity.

According to a report by The Canadian Press, Stora recently submitted an application with the Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board on behalf of its Port Hawkesbury paper mill. CP confirmed that the report requests the board approve a rate formula based on ‘real-time pricing.’ In return for the moderated rate, the company would scale back its demand on the system during periods of intense demand.

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CP reported Stora Enso spokeswoman Patricia Dietz as saying, “we see it as a more fair system, where you pay based upon the actual costs.”

The proposal is part of a larger controversy in Port Hawkesbury. Starting in December Stora Enso locked out its 650 workers for six months in an attempt to secure wage rollbacks and benefit concessions. The situation was resolved at the end of June, when employees voted to accept an offer that will see their salaries slashed by 10%.

The company has said its electricity rates must come down prior to restarting the mill.


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