Consumers will see small jump in AEL&P rates in early 2012

The average Alaska Electric Light & Power customer will see about a $3.75 increase in his or her bill during the first three months of 2012, according to an email from a spokesman for the utility.

After electricity went out in Juneau Thursday morning, AEL&P switched on diesel generators to help power the town. Damage to the tower support system at Snettisham Hydroelectric Project caused power to stop coming to town from the generation facility located about 30 miles southeast of Juneau. That facility remained offline until Saturday afternoon. AEL&P’s Lake Dorothy and other hydro projects were able to provide about half of Juneau’s power needs, the email from AEL&P’s Scott Willis stated. This is more than the 40 percent of Juneau’s power AEL&P initially believed would come from hydro while Snettisham was down.

In all, AEL&P burned about $430,000 of diesel during the outage, Willis stated. This will cause a bump up in the cost of power adjustment, or COPA, AEL&P customers will pay during the first three months of 2012. The increase is one-half of a cent per kilowatt hour over the normal COPA, Willis states. This translates to an increase of about $3.75 per month to the average customer, Willis states.


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