Rate Increase to Begin July 1st

At its June board meeting, Central Lincoln’s Board of Directors voted to approve new rate schedules that will increase the average customer bill by about 7%.  The changes are effective July 1, meaning the bills customers receive in August will reflect the changes.

During deliberations, Board members discussed several factors in their decision making:

  • Central Lincoln’s largest cost (60%) is power purchased from BPA. Including an anticipated increase of 6.7% this coming October 1, BPA will have raised its rates 28.7% since 2010.
  • This year’s increase will result in the average Central Lincoln residential customer’s bill going up an estimated $5.90 a month.  That includes an increase in the Facilities Charge (formerly known as the Basic Charge) from $18 per month to $20 per month. The Facilities Charge helps to pay the costs of providing infrastructure (lines, transformers, utility poles, substations, etc.) to customers’ properties— the actual cost is higher than $20 per customer per month.
  • Even with this rate increase, Central Lincoln’s average residential bills will be in the lower third for Oregon.
  • During this most recent recession, Central Lincoln’s board kept rates low, recognizing many customers were struggling financially. However, this reduced the utility’s reserve funds to a level lower than recommended by financial experts.
  • Central Lincoln has worked to reduce costs wherever possible, including staffing reduction through attrition, and closing satellite customer service offices.  Additional cost-cutting, such as helping customers switch to paperless billing is a priority going forward.


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