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Electric Rate Increase In The City Of Rupert
Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) If you live in the City of Rupert your October electric bill may be a little higher than normal.
That’s because Bonneville Power Administration made a rate adjustment.
Rupert residents, the next time you pay off your electric bill you might want to look twice.
Beginning this month customers will see a four-percent increase in electric costs.
"Every two-years Bonneville Power reviews it's rates and in November we submitted a proposal to increase rates about 9% for all of our customers,” said Celeste Schwendiman, BPA.
The city of Rupert purchases electricity from Bonneville Power Administration.
The company raised its rates for power production and transmission.
"On an average between the transmission and electrical charge costs for are whole sale power we are up about 9% for the City of Rupert. That's the amount the city is paying for the amount of power,” said Kelly Anthon, City of Rupert.
It's about conserving energy and turning the light off because on your monthly bill you will probably see a $4 increase.
"It's going to be very minimal and most people will notice a few dollars a month and it won't be much of a change,” said Anthon.
According to the energy information administration, Idaho leads the nation with the lowest electricity rates, which averages six cents per kilowatt-hour.
"Even with our rate increase our customers are paying 0.0575 cents.
If you compare that to across the United States; California is paying 13 cents is about double what an Idaho resident would pay for electrical power."
A higher bill for customers and an increase that typically comes every two-years.