Utility Bills Could Go Up

By: AP
By: AP

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A $111 million rate increase request
that would boost electricity bills of typical Sierra Pacific Power
Co. residential customers by nearly 16 percent was filed with the
state Public Utilities Commission.
The proposal, which would take effect next July, seeks to
recover costs stemming from a new, gas-fired generating plant at
Sierra's Tracy plant.
For typical Sierra residential customers using 750 kilowatt
hours of electricity, monthly bills would increase from about $98
to $113.
While the proposal would mean higher rates, Sierra also said
previously approved fuel and purchased power costs the company has
been recovering will expire in July and reduce rates by about $40
million.
However, that would be offset by a Sierra Pacific Power bid for
$42 million to cover some of the costs of an experimental,
clean-coal generating plant at the Tracy station east of Reno that
wouldn't run and was mothballed.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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