Thankfully a lot of things that go up, do come back down, and successfully at that! Sadly, utility rate increases are NOT one of those things. And we really are at their mercy–I mean, ok, if a light doesn’t turn on in one room fine, but what if the fridge doesn’t get power?
One of the major factors in the rate increase to utilities in our area is because of BPA who is the primary provider of power to the utility companies in our region. Between 2009-2015 their rates had already increased 40%—that is not a typo, they have almost DOUBLED their rates in less than 7 years! And as adults, we all know that means someone has to pay for the increase…and normally it is us–the little guy who keeps getting squeezed.
Benton PUD Commission increased the average residential bill by approximately $5.50 a month effective September 1, 2016–a 4.9% increase. This was after Benton PUD customers had a 3.9% increase in 2015. Now Benton PUD is considering and all signs point to an approval of a 1.9% retail rate increase on October 1st, 2017. The PUD attributes this increase to the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA’s) 5.4% average increase that will take effect that same day.
The City of Richland’s Utility Advisory Committee’s staff will be recommending that City Council approve a 6.5% rate increase for all customer classes effective January 1, 2018. In 2012 Richland Energy Service customers had a 5% increase, and in 2015 the was hit with a 12% increase and told to expect a 9.5% increase this year as well as an expected 8.25% increase in 2019.
For our friends in Franklin County PUD service area, it was more difficult to uncover previous rate increases, but here is what we did find: in 2013 there was a 4.9% increase, and another 3% in 2014–after that we could locate nothing until currently, which includes a discussion for a 4% increase.
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