Members of the Saskatchewan NDP voiced their concerns with the governing Saskatchewan Party, hours after the province announced SaskEnergy bills are set to jump 16.8 per cent next month.

SaskEnergy filed a combined one-year commodity and three-year delivery service rate proposal with the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel that would increase the average customer's monthly bill by 16.8 per cent, effective August 1.

Increases of 2.9 per cent and 2.53 per cent were proposed for 2023 and 2024.

Meanwhile, SaskPower has proposed four-per-cent increases in rates for both September 1, 2022, and April 1, 2023.

NDP Critic for SaskPower Aleana Young said the government isn't adequately addressing the extra financial burden the population is facing.

"What is surprising is that we see a government who is intent on pillaging a Crown corporation - having taken a $22-million dividend from SaskEnergy - in addition to a $50-million divestment of equity from SaskEnergy just this year. A government that is going to bypass the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel with a three-week timeline for this most recent rate application. And a government that is seemingly intent on doing absolutely nothing to help people address the crushing cost of living, because this is a government that is flush with cash right now.

"Yet everything that is in their control - whether it's taxes and fees - we're seeing those go up."

SaskEnergy said that their hedging strategy helped keep prices more stable than in other markets.

Young agreed that the hedging has been a savvy move. She said the province has an opportunity with its Crowns to make life easier on families, but has passed that chance up.

"Government that has Crown corporations is in a unique position in Canada to make life more affordable for people. We're seeing that they simply don't give a damn about the affordability crisis that's happening right now.

"What makes Saskatchewan unique is these Crown corporations. Rates could be lower. Instead of helping Saskatchewan households..., small businesses, large commercial customers, industrial customers, they're turning around and passing the buck. Seventeen per cent is an extremely aggressive number."