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RCA approves Chugach rate changes

Chugach Electric Association retail customers will see a small rate increase on their bills. Earlier this month the Regulatory Commission of Alaska approved Chugach's request to raise its base demand and energy charges by 0.3 percent. Chugach implemented the new rates on May 16.

The increases apply to residential, commercial and lighting customers.

The action will raise the energy charge to 7.084 cents per kilowatt-hour and add 15 cents to the bill for a residential customer using 700 kWh per month. The total bill for Anchorage residential customers will now be $97.99.

Chugach filed the request using Simplified Rate Filing procedures authorized by the RCA. The SRF process allows a cooperative utility like Chugach to make modest increases or decreases in base rates using a streamlined process without the cost of a general rate case proceeding. Chugach makes SRF filings every 6 months.

Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power for Alaskans throughout the Railbelt through retail, wholesale and economy energy sales.