2016 Electric Rates
We do everything we can to keep our electric rates as low as reasonably possible while providing the reliable electric service that powers your lives. As a non-profit, municipal utility, we are required to cover our cost of service, and that means periodic electric rate increases. We want you to be informed about how the rates will affect you.
The January 1, 2016, rate increase was necessary due to the higher costs of wholesale power costs, Richland Energy Services’ (RES) most significant operating expense. In addition, higher utility taxes that RES pays contributed to the increase.
Even with the increase, RES rates will remain some of the lowest in Washington.
Here are some tools to help you understand the electric rates:
- Watch the electric rates video.
- Read the new rate and tax increase FAQs.
- See the changes between the 2015 and 2016 rates.
- Use the 2016 Bill Calculator to understand how the rates will affect you.
- Visit our Energy Efficiency web page, and learn how to save energy and lower your electric bill.
The City Council made the decision to increase electric rates following a public hearing and passage of an electric rate ordinance. All City Council meetings are open to the public.
New rates were effective with the first utility bill customers received in January and applied to all electrical services for the billing period.
Contact Sandi Edgemon, Business Services Manager, Email, (509) 942-7613
Historical Electric Rates
|Electric Rates Effective 1/1/16|
|Electric Rates Effective 7/1/15 - 12/31/15|
|Electric Rates Effective 1/1/13 - 6/30/15|