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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September 25, 19.4 Increased power rates hearing deferred Smaller harvests tighten grain supply EDMONTON (CP) A resumed hearing before the Public Utilities Board on an application by Alberta Power Ltd. for rate increases was adjourned Tuesday The hearing, which opened Monday after initially being adjourned last April, is to allow groups, opposing the firm's request for rate increases ranging between 16 and 23 per cent, to present their case William Abercrombie, chanman of the board's tribunal, decided on an adjournment and said a new date for the hearing to resume would be announced soon B V Massie. counsel for Alberta Power, urged that the hearing resume Oct. 7 because a board decision was needed quickly to allow the utility to proceed with a large scale issue of debentures. The board has allowed the firm the increases on an interim basis but Alberta Power may face a million reduction in 1974 revenue if its new rate structure is not approved. The board has adopted a new system to speed the regulatory process and. at the same time protect consumers from unwarranted price increases. The utilities are requested to file written submissions covering all aspects of their case, a move designed to offset the slow process of having legal counsel cross examine its expert witnesses. Alberta power submitted seven volumes in April and. Mr. Massie told the board, his firm has answered 120 questions, that required 550 hours of executive time, put to it by various intervenors. But the utility declined to answer questions on 16 of the 75 points raised by the Alberta Union of Rural Electrification Associations There are 167 of these farmed owned co operatives which purchase and distrubute electricity from Alberta Power to their members. The best to you from Palm. PHLM PALM DAIRIES LIMITED The REAS provided almost 10 per cent of the firm's revenue in 1972 and are strongly opposed to the 16 per cent increase proposed for the farm sector. A. M. Brownlee. counsel for the REAS. said the "vital" data requested relates to internal budget and company forecasts, fuel costs and the operational costs of serving the REAS The company says such information would hinder future negotiations with companies that supply coal required to fuel power generators The board will make a decision whether the information is necessary and. if so. order the firm to provide it to the REAS Aid program OTTAWA (CP) CARE Canada said yesterday it has allocated to aid hurricane victims in Honduras. The Church Action for Emergency Aid, representing five churches, also announced that Canadian churches have contributed to aid hurricane victims in the Central American countrv LOTS OF RAIN Waialeale, Hawaii, receives an average of 486 inches of rain annually. WASHINGTON terms on a special bilateral agreement whereby the South American country pledges not to use a new Canadian nuclear reactor for making ex- plosives. Dwight Fulford ot the external affairs depart- ment said Tuesday Still to be settled, howevc.' is a bilateral safeguard agiet- ment between Argentina the International Atom., Energy Agency n Vienna, said Mr. Fulford director of the external ai- fairs energy division. Settlement of thi: agreement, which, among other things, sets up an procedure for the new reactor, is expected within a few months said Mr Fulford. The Canada-Argentina agreement makes explicit the Canadian position that nuclear explosives are not to be manufactured from the Can.. dian reactor for any purpose peaceful or otherwise he said The agreement contained none of the ambiguity that en- abled the Indians to develop a nuclear device with Canadian technology, and then claim they hadn't broken the agree- ment because the explosne was for so-called purposes The 600-megawatt. S250-mii- lion Candu reactor now is un- der construction by Atomic- Energy of Canada Ltd and it? Italian engineering partner Italimpianti. at a site about 500 miles west of Buenos Aires AECL has been asked clusively by Argentina to mit a proposal for a seconc nuclear power station Lome Gray. AECL president, said the bid is ex- pected to be submitted soon. although there will be no port financing available from the Export Development Corj. until next year, after Parlaruent approves more monev M; Gray also saic contrjcts for extensive Cana- dian involvement in the ex pansion of Britain's nudea: industry can be expected after Britain's new nuclear power company is formed probably within a few months He said Iran. Denmark anc Romania continued to expres1 interest in acquiring Candu actors at the IAEA meeting he attended last in Vienna. South Korea, expected u sign a contract soon for t Candu reactor, has agreed to abide by IAEA ant Canadian safeguarr stipulations. Chamber expresses concern over farm-marketing plans TORONTO