Our local electrical utility, Fortis, just sent out a notice stating that its billing practice has been deemed illegal by our federal courts. For residential customers, they offer a discounted rate for those who pay on time. Those who don't pay a 10% penalty, plus 19.8% annual interest. The courts have deemed this illegal, so now Fortis will be charging only the 1.5%/month interest, but is also increasing everyone's bill by 1.25%, regardless of whether they pay on time or not. This looks like just another attempt to bilk customers and make up for revenue they were collecting illegally. This company also implemented a $20 "customer charge" every two months when they bought out our former supplier. As someone who always pays on time, I feel that I am being further ripped off by this company. It's not like our power, which is an essential service at -40, is any more reliable as a result of these additional charges. We suffer outages at least a couple of times a week, if only briefly.