Idahoans using electricity are soon going to see upcoming power bills rise.
Idaho Power Company customers will pay more for power supply because the Idaho Public Utilities Commission last week approved the company’s application to apply a one-fourth of one-cent per kWh surcharge to pay for extra power supply costs not already covered in base rates.
Because of a dry winter and spring, the water levels are low and the company’s hydroelectric dams can’t generate enough electricity to meet customer demand, so the power company has to get it from other sources. Idaho Power calculates its annual power costs are $77.5 million more than what is collected in current rates.
The percentage increase varies according to customer class because of different rates. Residential customers should see an 11 percent increase; small commercial companies should see an 8.8 percent increase; large commercial companies a 16.6 percent increase; irrigation a 14.6 percent increase; and industrial a 22.5 percent increase. The average increase for all customer classes is 14.5 percent.
For reference, a customer who uses 1,050 kWh per month, an average amount, will see a monthly increase of $6.41, according to the company’s figures.
The revenues from the one-year surcharge go directly to pay for power supply, not toward the company earnings. But anyone interested in petitioning the commission for reconsideration can submit an appeal by June 21. Reconsideration petitions must specifically explain why the petitioner considers the order unreasonable, unlawful or erroneous and should also include a statement about the evidence the petitioner will offer if reconsideration is granted.
Take the petitions to the commission at 472 W. Washington St. in Boise, mail them to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID, 83720-0074, or fax them to 208-334-3762.