Contact Us

Electric Rate Hike Hearing Thursday

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

A public hearing on the most recent electricity rate hike request from Rocky Mountain Power takes place Thursday, June 2nd, in Casper.

The Public Service Commission hosts this opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

Rocky Mountain Power’s original request was for 98 million. That’s been scaled back to about 80-million dollars. The hike could boost residential customer bills by 12 dollars a month. Despite the scale back, Tim Summers, with A-A-R-P Wyoming, says it’s still potentially the largest utility rate hike in state history and comes less than a year after the utility company filed a 71-million dollar rate hike request.

“Several electricity consumer groups jumped in, including AARP, we fought back and we were able to cut the rate hike in half. Well, fast-forward a few months – here we are again.”

Summers says households and small businesses would be charged the most in this rate hike, and with a poor economy and static incomes, the timing is wrong.

“One of our biggest concerns is this just keeps coming year after year. We need to keep in mind that a great deal of Wyoming’s population, especially in this service territory, is over the age of 65.”

Rocky Mountain Power says the rate hike is needed to keep up with rising energy costs, but Summers says, while utility companies are entitled to generate profits, this request goes too far. The Public hearing takes place Thursday 3 to 7pm at Casper City Hall.

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for K2 Fan Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive K2 Fan Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.