Carson City, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Northern Nevada residents joined forces to speak out about out a proposed rate increase by NV Energy.
Residents gathered at the public comment hearing in Carson City at the Public Utilities Commission Office at 1150 East Williams St tonight, September 4, 2013.
NV Energy filed a general rate case with the PUC on June 3, 2013. NV Energy Officials say it is required to do so at least once every 3 years, according to the law.
If approved, the filing will decrease commercial customer bills by 2.05%. While residential customers will see a 2.4% increase, something many northern Nevadans say isn't fair.
Fred Voltz a Carson City resident says the PUC doesn't consider residents to be important in the decision making process and Voltz added that, "That's not the way you treat people who are stuck with a monopoly service provider."
Mary Simmons, the Vice President of External Affairs for NV Energy, says the increase for residential customers is due to a shift in the cost of services.
Simmons says, Ultimately this rate case is seeking a $4.7 million reduction in the electric revenue requirement, "It is a request for an overall decrease, so that was kind of lost in the entire thing."
If approved as filed, residential electric customers will see a $2.12 increase on their bill. While residential gas customers will see a $2.02 increase. The electric service charge would also increase by $5.75 from $9.25 per month to $15.00 per month.
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