Ont. man shocked by Hydro delivery fee

Derek Adam is flabbergasted after being charged more than $40 in delivery fees to have just $3 of...

Derek Adam is flabbergasted after being charged more than $40 in delivery fees to have just $3 of electricity sent to his business in Kemptville, Ont. He's worried other unwitting customers are also getting massively over-billed for hydro. (MICHAEL AUBRY/QMI Agency)

Michael Aubry, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

KEMPTVILLE, Ont. -- Derek Adam is checking out his window hoping to spot a legion of miniature hydro gnomes.

That's because he's been hit with a $43 delivery fee for using just $3 of electricity.

At that price, he figures they must be hand-delivering the power right to his business.

That's right, the charge to "deliver" hydro to his storage facility in Kemptville cost 26 times more than the power itself.

Adam can't help but laugh it off.

"That would be like ordering a pizza for $25 and getting charged $1,000 for the delivery," he said.

You see, Adam doesn't need a lot of electricity.

He works at D'Arcy McGee's pub by day and manages a moving company on the side, using the building to store his equipment.

He doesn't need to heat it, or even keep the lights on.

In fact, he flicked the switch on for only a few hours in November to tinker in the warehouse.

"It's just funny to see the bill as the charge is so low and delivery so high," he said.

"It costs me $20 every time I turn the switch on at my business."


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