Tuesday is ratepayers' chance to be heard

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010

As everyone has heard or read in the paper, the RCA has agreed to come to Juneau based on the comments it received on their website. This is an opportunity for the people of Juneau to express how we feel about the proposed rate increase being requested by AEL&P.

It is not often that the RCA comes to a community to take public testimony. The more people who attend this hearing and express how they feel, the more thought the RCA will give the proposal and whether or not to grant it.

This increase will not only affect our personal electric bills, but also those of our landlords, the stores that we do business with, our school district, our city and every other place that uses AEL&P electricity. This mean everything will go up in price to offset the cost of this increase.

Juneau is already has one of the highest costs of urban living in Alaska, and this rate increase is far above the national cost of living adjustment. People on Social Security didn't even get a cost of living adjustment this year, and some homes are being foreclosed. Unemployment is at a recordhigh, and yet AEL&P wants a 22% rate increase.

Let's stand together on this when meeting with the RCA on Tuesday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Bill Burk

Juneau Peoples Power Project


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