Okanogan County PUD customers will see their electric bills going up next month. The new rates reflect the 3.75% overall revenue increase approved in last year's budget process.
Each customer class will be adjusted individually, following the guidance of the cost of service study. The study showed that some classes need a higher increase than others in order to pay their full share of the costs incurred by providing electric service. Changes are proposed for both the basic monthly charge and the kilowatt-hour energy charge.
The average rate increase:
With construction and equipment costs rising and utility infrastructure already aging out of service, the PUD has raised rates in recent years to fund regular maintenance without having to always borrow money. Large projects underway include the steel Okanogan-Brewster transmission line, Tonasket substation rebuild and the continuation of replacing aging power transformers in substations, mostly funded by a $40 million bond issue in 2020.
The board approved the new rates at their meeting this past Monday.
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