All of the power we sell comes from the Bonneville Power Administration, from a network of 31 hydroelectric dams, a nuclear power plant, wind power, and other sources. Since 2010, the BPA has raised its rates nearly 30%, and our single largest cost of operation is power from BPA. While we work hard to manage costs every day, a rate increase was required to cover the increase in BPA power costs that goes into effect October 1.
Central Lincoln’s board approved a rate increase of 4% effective July 1, meaning power used from that date forward will cost residential customers 7.62 cents per kilowatt hour, up from 7.35 cents in the past year. Thus, the average Central Lincoln customer will see a monthly increase of approximately $3.86 on their home electricity bills.
The System Availability Charge (formerly known as the “Basic Charge” or “Facilities Charge”) will increase from $21 per month to $22 per month. The Service Availability Charge helps offset the cost of providing infrastructure (lines, transformers, utility poles, substations, etc.) to customers’ properties.
Information provided by CLPUD