News : Hydro One to Tackle Customer Service Problems
Oct 23, 2014 -- Hydro One is bringing in outside help to work on its customer service.
The move comes after thousands of customers complained about problems with Hydro One bills after smart meters were installed.
Hydro One says it will create a third-party panel to provide feedback on its customer service.
"I formed this group to make sure that our actions as a customer service organization were transparent, accountable and demonstrated care," said Carm Marcello, president and CEO of Hydro One.
"That's the culture we want to embody. The panel will publicly hold us to account and we will report on our performance measured against our new customer commitments that we are developing in consultation with our customers and stakeholders."
But for some, it's too little, too late.
Madeleine Fex-Tinkus, a retiree who lives in Lively, said she had to dip into her savings to cover an unexpectedly large bill from Hydro One.
Her problems started after a smart meter was installed at her house in 2011.
"It took them a long time to do it, you know. They are not very well organized if it has taken them that long," she said.
The Ontario Ombudsman is still investigating the billing practices of Hydro One.
The office says almost 9,000 people have now made a complaint.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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