Claremore Daily Progress

Government

April 17, 2013

GRDA rate hike termed ‘bait and switch’

Peak usage this summer to add surcharges

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CLAREMORE —

Although the rate decrease will return wholesale rate levels to 2009 amounts, the surcharges will likely raise the overall expense far beyond those figures.
Weatherford said that increasing Environmental Protection Agency regulations and environmental improvements to coal burning or other facilities account for the increase in charges.
City officials have not received the final numbers from GRDA and do not know at this time what the precise impact will be.
Weatherford suggests the city change their current rate structure to accommodate for the change. 
Another issue for the city is to possibly consider reducing their dependence on electric revenues for general operations to lower the impact to area businesses and residents.

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