SRP customers protest proposed rate hike

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By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Hundreds of SRP customers at Monday's public forum at the PERA Club in Tempe didn't like being forced to pay more for their electricity -- and they let the state's second largest power company know.

A rate hike is being proposed and if it is approved, all SRP customers are expected to see their bill go up, although the biggest hike will be for solar customers.

SRP wants to raise their rates 3.9 percent again, which for average customers will be about a $4.60 increase per month.

For solar customers, the new changes would mean paying $50 more per month.

Officials said current solar customers would not be impacted by this change for 10 years, but new customers would be.

Officials want the hike to create $110 million to help pay off and maintain already purchased coal and gas plants.

They said the added solar fee is to help balance out electricity costs.

The SRP board is expected to make a final vote on whether or not to implement this charge on Feb. 26.

If approved, the increases would show up on this April's bill. 

SRP is also offering customers new plans to help cut some costs on their monthly bills.

 

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