Big hits for renters, homeowners. Big breaks for big biz. Your Daily Rate Hike report.
Residential customers will pay one percent higher
electric base charges; 2 to 8.5 percent more for electric usage
, depending on amount of power used, as measured in kilowatt hours (kWh), and summer or non-summer seasons.
Small business customers will pay one-half to one percent increases on average.
All-electric residential customers will pay an average 2.6% more
, Matthes' team predicts, while heat pump users will see steeper 2.6% to 8.5% increases
. The Matthes plan removes some of the lower rate advantages heat pump customers previously enjoyed. Heat pumps are high-impact energy conservation tools
many utilities are hitting with higher rates to compensate for lower usage.
Renters and homeowners who use higher-than-average power for all reasons during non-summer months (winter, spring, fall), expect to pay 4.2% more
. Use higher-than-average power to heat your home
during non-summer months, and you can expect the top-range 8.5% increase
Big business and institutional customers -- aka large general service and industrial -- get big breaks under the Matthes electric rate hikes, with rate increases averaging a mere 0.5% to 0.6%.
Voice your opinion. Contact the Columbia City Council:
Brian Treece, Mayor
Mike Matthes, Columbia city manager