Hydro Ottawa flooded with bill complaints, just in time for rally Friday

Just in time for a province-wide protest, Hydro Ottawa says it has been flooded with complaints about high electricity bills.

The company says it's had to add more staff and extend its call centre hours to deal with the influx of calls.

The utility says cold temperatures can account for approximately 60 per cent of a typical customer's bill. Even if you don't heat with electricity, furnace motors and fans were running more this blustery winter, sending bills skyrocketing.

This will no doubt be more ammunition for protesters across the province, who are rallying against hydro costs Friday.

At noon, demonstrators will be in front of Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli's office on Carling Avenue, the Minister is not expected to be there. In Carleton Place, people will be gathering at the new Farmers' Market just off Lake Avenue East.

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