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Rocky Mountain Power wants to raise electricity rates by $97.9 million. Less than a year ago, the company tried to raise rates by $71 million, but AARP and others fought back and the rate hike was cut in half.

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“That’s a big burden to pass onto consumers, especially since the company just got a $35.5 million increase a few months ago,” said Tim Summers, AARP Wyoming Director. “Given the economy, this isn’t the time to be increasing utility rates again.”

The state’s largest utility company, Rocky Mountain Power, serves 134,600 customers in Buffalo, Casper, Cody, Douglas, Evanston, Green River, Kemmerer, Lander, Laramie, Rawlins, Riverton, Rock Springs, and Thermopolis, among other communities. According to a statement on the Rocky Mountain Power website, the rate increase is driven by the need for “system improvements and rising costs to serve customers.”

AARP Wyoming opposed the last increase and, along with large industrial consumers and the Office of Consumer Advocate, succeeded in lowering it in March 2010, Summers said.

In November, a mere 8 months later, Rocky Mountain Power filed a new request for $97.9 million with the Wyoming Public Service Commission.

AARP also is working with other groups to stop Rocky Mountain Power from hurting our economy by raising electricity rates on small and large businesses. The proposed rate hike would increase electricity costs by 21.5% for households, 19.5% for small businesses and 9.4% for large companies.

If approved, it would raise the average home’s electricity bill by $15 a month.

Tell the Wyoming Public Service Commission how it would impact you.

Commissioners will listen to Rocky Mountain Power customers June 2 from 3 to 7 pm in the City Council Chambers at Casper City Hall, 200 N. David St. in Casper.

If you cannot attend, send your comments in before June 2 via email to Wyoming_PSC@state.wy.us or by mail to:

Wyoming Public Service Commission
2515 Warren Ave, Suite 300
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Or call the Public Service Commission’s complaints staff toll-free at 1-888-570-9905.

More information is available online.

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