Dawson PPD rates to increase 4.5% in 2012

Electric rates will increase by an average of 4.5% for Dawson Public Power District customers in 2012.

“For residential customers who use about 1,000 kilowatt hours a month, the increase will be between $3 to $5 dollars,” explains Robert Heinz, general manager of Dawson PPD.

The new rate will go into effect for energy used after Jan. 1. The first bills on the new rates will be mailed in February.

The increase was triggered when Nebraska Public Power District raised the cost of wholesale power sold to utilities, including Dawson PPD.

“Wholesale power is our largest business expense,” says Heinz. “When NPPD raised the rates for power, we knew it would affect our customers.”

Dawson PPD’s 2012 budget reflects a projected $3 million dollar increase in the cost of power.