The class action for overbilling against Hydro-Quebec could indeed go forward.
The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday that it refuses to hear the challenge from the crown corporation that wanted to prevent the case from being heard.
The class action request was first authorized by the Superior Court of Quebec. Hydro-Quebec had turned, in vain, to the Court of Appeal to overturn this authorization. On Thursday, she suffered her last setback, before the Supreme Court of Canada. The highest court in the country never provides the details to explain its refusal to consider a case.
Members of the class action want the crown corporation to pay $ 1.2 billion for excessive electricity charges paid by its customers.
Hydro-Québec is criticized for having, between 2008 and 2013, played with the data provided to the Régie de l’énergie in order to benefit from a higher rate of return on capital.
Remember that the Régie de l’énergie determines electricity rates based on the budget information presented by the government corporation, which therefore has an impact on consumers’ electricity bills.
The substantive cause must always be judged. It is after this step that Hydro-Québec customers will be able to find out whether they qualify for compensation under this collective action.