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The Decision to Increase Electric Rates Put on Hold.

 
 

LETHBRIDGE:   City Council tabled second and third reading of the bylaw to establish the electric distribution tariff until the middle of February.

 

Last week, the Electric Manager recommended a 31 per cent increase in the transmission components to pay for rising provincial costs, while the distribution components, which are controlled by the city, would go down slightly.

 

Overall, the average residential customer would see about a 4 and a half per cent increase to their total bill, while large industrial customers would see closer to 6 and a half per cent.

 

Councillor Jeff Carlson feels the decision seemed a little rushed. He says "we usually like to take a little bit of time so we can talk to our rate payers, get their input on it. Sometimes there's not much we can do about the changes, a lot of these are flow through, the province is changing the transmission charges. We're going to have to find the money somewhere, probably from the rate payers, but lets talk to folks."

 

Since the decision is being delayed, this will put the city a little behind in collecting the fees for 2014. Carlson says "right now we're trying to get 12 months of increased fees in 11 months. Putting it off another month means we're going to have to get 12 months of the increase in 10 months. Smaller residential folks will probably not notice it very much, but for the bigger customers it could be a bigger increase."

 



Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4/17/2014 8:44:23 AM
Source: Tristan Tuckett (@TristanTuckett on Twitter)
 
 
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