Hydro rate increase in April, but less than what the utility wanted

Rates for Hydro Quebec customers will increase, but not as much as expected.

They'll go up .3 per cent beginning in April.

It's a monthly increase of roughly 50 cents for the average residential customer.

The utility originally wanted an increase of 1.1 per cent, but the provincial energy board said no.

It says .3 per cent is fair because of multiple factors, including more expensive supplies.

Big industrial clients won't be affected.