RCA delays decision on AEL&P rate case

It will be nearly a month before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska decides whether to approve Alaska Electric Light & Power’s request for an increase in the rates it charges customers for electricity.

The RCA was expected to make a determination Wednesday. However, the commission requested the parties involved in the case mutually agree to a 30-day extension, according to an order issued by RCA Wednesday. AEL&P, the Juneau People’s Power Project and the Attorney General’s office all agreed to the request, the order states.

The decision is now expected Aug. 26.

RCA previously granted AEL&P an interim increase of 18.5 percent to their customers’ overall costs (the increase was actually for 20 percent of the cost of electricity, but since the customer charge remained unchanged, the effective increase was 18.5 percent). If approved, that increase would go from 18.5 percent to about 22 percent.

AEL&P spokesman Scott Willis said the utility will continue billing at the interim rate while RCA mulls its decision.


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