The City of Red Deer is raising monthly electric rates slightly as of March 1. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deerians will see slight increase on electric utility bills

Cost increase will show up on April bills

Electric costs in Red Deer will be going up slightly in March.

Red Deer City Council passed approved a slight increases to electric utility rates as of March 1.

In 2020, the average household will see an increase of approximately $0.87 per month on their electrical bill. This cost increase will show up on April utility bills.

Electric utility rates are comprised of distribution, transmission, local access and other industry charges, and have a component that is based on the amount of electricity used. Residents see these charges on electrical bills from their retail provider.

The transmission charge is the charge for using the provincial transmission system. This is a charge from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) paid by all customers. The distribution charge is the charge for the city’s service delivery.

It includes building, operating, maintaining, upgrading and replacing power lines and facilities, running 24-hour emergency response and repair, office operations, installing and reading electricity meters, providing consumption and tariff billing information to electricity retailers. The city also providing safety and energy awareness information.

City Manager Allan Seabrooke said these costs go up every year.

More information about electric utility rates is available online at reddeer.ca/electricutility.

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