Andrew Younger says he hoped to halt the Efficiency Nova Scotia rate increase, which was approved by the Utility and Review Board and amounts to up to an additional $8.7 million this year.
The increase will likely mean a $1 fee will be added to a monthly charge of about $4 on power bills to help fund programs offered by Efficiency Nova Scotia.
The Liberals were elected last year on a promise to bring down power costs and remove the $4 fee.
But months into its mandate, the government has not touched the fee, with Younger saying that won't happen until next January.
Younger says the government is developing a plan for the funding model that supports Efficiency Nova Scotia, but he wouldn't reveal details until legislation is announced this spring.