The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1914. SALE OF ELECTRIC POWER.
It seeri'S-- to us tbat it is time for tbe Akaroa Borough Council to go in seriously for a scale of charges for electric power. At the present time, when c any ratepayer wants to drive a machine by electric power, be applies to the Council, and an annual rate ia fixed. Tho rate is fixed by the Lighting Committee, the onus resting on the chairman. Wo believe Cr Lewitt is keenly interested in the lighting scheme, but ia not fair to him that he should have to decide these charges. Tbey should be fixed irrevocably by the whole Council as in other place?, »nd when a man applies for a certain amount of power he should know exactly how much be has to pay for it. The Council has a chance of making a good revenue out of the lighting echeme by the sale of power, and to do this must put tbe charges on a business scale. When the Grehan Valley creek is linked up the sale of power need not be watched, as there will be no danger of having to stop the machinery during the day, At ordinary times when the plant is being worked day and night the Council should hold every inducement out to the ratepayers to use the electric current. We can understand the difficulty in the past, as two years ago the Council had for several months to stop the machinery by daj for want of water, and naturally fell dubious about pushing tbe sale of a power tbey could not always guarantee. We have obtained lists of charges made in Dunedin and Chriatchurch as a comparison. In Dunedin the house lighting is charged at 5d per unit fo Id per unit. The low rate of Id is for such establishments as the Roslyn Mills, where a large quantity of lamps are used. The charges for power are from 2d per unit to £d per unit. In the latter case tbe charge is reduced to £d for the largest consumers of power. The ordinary power charges are from 2d for first 1000 units a month and Jd for every subsequent 1000 units a month. In Christchurch the charges for power since tbe Coleridge scheme came into operation are 1-Jd per 1000 units, with a rebate of £d if paid before the tenth of the month. Any consumer can go to the Councils in Christ church and Dunedin and obtain scales of charges. Th 9 Akaroa Borough Council should be able to do the same and produce their scale of' charges. If it is a question of fixing paefcers in, that should be dope, as it would 'save the Council any further trouble in the matter, and they' could demand a certain fixed charge. Of course, the Akaroa scheme is a email ons, and tbe Council does not want to load it too much, but the sale of electric power in the day time should be a substantial item in tbe Council's revenue
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The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1914. SALE OF ELECTRIC POWER.,
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4399, 5 June 1914