Claremore Daily Progress

Top Stories

April 24, 2013

GRDA rate decrease to save Claremore $1.3M

CLAREMORE —

The Grand River Dam Authority  will lower rates in July, fulfilling a commitment to customers. GRDA will return rates to 2009 levels and save Claremore approximately $1.3 million.
“We have about a $30 million decrease in bond payments,” GRDA CEO Dan Sullivan said. “This returns about $28.6 million to rate payers.”
GRDA costs have decreased due to the bonds being paid off. The reduction in rates will be directly passed on to customers, such as the City of Claremore.
GRDA is a wholesale energy provider and Claremore Electric purchases the power to resale to Claremore residents.
Claremore officials have not determined if the rate decrease will be passed on to Claremore Electric customers or be used to pay for needed city infrastructure improvements.
The Claremore City Council recently opposed a proposal from GRDA in which the introduction of the rate decrease was accompanied by a discussion of the possible implementation of a surcharge for peak usage periods.
“No surcharge has been approved by our board,” Sullivan said.
The surcharge is only an option that has been discussed and is viewed toward industrial customers, he added.
GRDA is looking at ways to lower the peak usage to improve the company's ability to better prepare for the total energy demand of all customers during periods of peak usage.
Claremore council members voiced concerns that a surcharge could cost the city approximately $6 million, due to the current rate structure of Claremore Electric. 
Claremore residents are billed 30 days behind actual power consumption. City employees stated concerns that the surcharge would create a deficit in power revenues, forcing the city to take a loss in revenue.
Claremore Electric funds a significant portion of the city's budget, a potential loss in revenue could create issues with budget planning, according to city officials.
GRDA officials recently provided cost estimates based on past usage by Claremore Electric and determined if a surcharge was to be implemented in the future it would only cost the city approximately $410,000 not $6 million.
Claremore officials will evaluate current rates in the next few months during the upcoming budget cycle.
GRDA officials report that if a surcharge is approved it would not be in effect until 2014 and many other alternatives are currently being considered.

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • Rogers County Audit:
    A recent report issued by Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones documented Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson solicited donations from several Rogers County vendors.
     

    April 20, 2014

  • bridge work continues Portion of 4180 Road remains closed for completion of bridge work
    A portion of 4180 Road will remain closed through at least Thursday as workers complete a bridge widening project on the south end of Claremore Lake.
     

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Students paint mural Catoosa High School artists paint mural to instill respect, inspiration

    Catoosa High School students, Devin Jackson and Spencer Plumlee, recently put the finishing touches on a mural that took more than a year to complete. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local attorneys fight to eliminate judgment

    Claremore attorneys — Thomas H. Williams and Jack E. Gordon Jr. —   filed a petition Tuesday to vacate the $27.9 million judgment awarded to Material Service Corp. 

    April 18, 2014

  • Rogers County Water Dist. 16 receives grant

    Rogers County Rural Water District No. 16 received a $24,999 grant Tuesday to help finance expansion of the district’s water supply infrastructure.  

    April 18, 2014

  • Grand Jury recesses until June 24

    The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until June 24-26, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.

    April 17, 2014

  • Harps Food opens new store in Inola

    On April 23, Harps Food Stores will reach a new milestone in their company’s history with the opening of its 75th store. 

    April 17, 2014

  • helping children Tri-County CASA seeks additional volunteers as child abuse cases increase

    From 2010-2013, Oklahoma has seen an increase in children entering foster care. According to Oklahoma Department of Human Services reports, approximately 11,000 children are in state’s custody because of child abuse or neglect — 4,000 in the Tulsa area alone and more than 100 in Rogers County.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge refuses to dismiss Grubowski in DA suit

    A judge has denied businessman Myron Grubowski's motion to remove him from the defamation lawsuit filed by District Attorney Janice Steidley against sponsors of last fall's unsuccessful citizens petition for a local grand jury investigation of her  office.

    April 17, 2014

  • Controversial schools chief attracts crowd of opponents

    The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi.

    April 17, 2014