2018 Electric Rates
As a non-profit, municipal electric utility, we do everything we can to keep our electric rates as low as possible while providing the reliable service our customers want and expect. After conducting analysis of our costs and revenue and the Utility Advisory Committee’s deliberation and endorsement of a rate increase, City Council approved a 6.5% rate increase at its October 3 meeting for all customer classes effective January 1, 2018. The new rates will be effective with the first utility bill that customers receive in January 2018 and apply to all electrical services for the billing period.
Even with this rate increase, Richland Energy Services (RES) rates will remain some of the lowest in Washington.
The rate increase is due primarily to higher wholesale power costs, which is RES’ most significant operating expense comprising over 60% of RES’ expenses. RES purchases its wholesale power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and BPA implemented a nearly 7% increase for RES effective October 1, 2017.
Contact Elena Manzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 942-7401 with questions.