Electric rates keep creeping up
By Meg Olson
city manager Gary Tomsic said news of another power rate
hike came as a surprise. It appears there may be another
rate increase we werent expecting, Tomsic said.
In all the legal mumbo jumbo weve signed Im
sure its there, but it was never discussed.
It appears there are three cost recovery adjustment clauses in the contract between Blaine and the Bonneville power administration, not only one. The first one led to a recently announced 46 percent increase in wholesale power rates to help pay for power BPA needs to buy to boost a supply stretched thin by high demand. That meant a 22 percent increase for Blaine power customers. The other two clauses Tomsic said the city wasnt aware of allow BPA to bump rates again if they run into financial trouble. Tomsic said his information from BPA was that one of those would likely be activated in October. Ive heard it could be five percent but we probably wouldnt pass all that on to our customers, Tomsic said..