The new electrical rates include a seasonal rate structure in which the rates will be higher in the summer months of June thru August and lower in the spring, fall, and winter months. The reason for this approach is the City's purchase power costs thru Missouri River Energy Services are higher in the summer months which is driven by demands for energy. In addition, power supply costs account for approximately 80% of the electric utility's operating costs. City staff will be providing customers with information of the new seasonal rates along with strategies to reduce the community's peak electrical demands during the summer months.
The new electric rates will be in effect for utility bills due in April 2013 for March 2013 usage.
A chart of the impact the new rates will have on each of the City’s customer classes and the electrical rates can be found in the January 3 edition of the Pella Chronicle - located on Page 2.