Seattle City Council
4/13/2004 1:22:00 PM
Tom VanBronkhorst (206) 684-8807
COUNCIL ENERGY COMMITTEE BEGINS ELECTRICITY RATE DISCUSSIONS
Background, public input on specific issues will shape City Light rate process
SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council’s Energy & Environmental Policy Committee on Wednesday will begin a series of discussions on electricity rates that will ultimately lead to a Council resolution directing City Light in its rate-setting process for 2005.
Wednesday morning’s discussion, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chambers, will include Cost of Service Study, Bonneville Power Cost Pass Through, Conservation Program Cost Allocation, Rate Assistance Cost Allocation, Nonstandard Service Discount Cost Allocation and Mitigating Large Rate Impacts.
Public comment will be invited during this and other discussions on electricity rates. Similar discussions will take place at the next three committee meetings. The committee will then draft a Council resolution that sets guidelines for City Light as it undertakes its process for setting new electricity rates for all classes of customers.
“Our goal in the rate-setting process is to be fair to all classes of City Light customers and to ensure financial stability for the utility,” said Councilmember Jean Godden, chair of the Energy & Environmental Policy Committee. “These preliminary discussions aim to inform Council members and hear from members of the public about how specific aspects of service, costs and system design may affect rates and ratepayers.”
The Energy committee will also hold a public hearing on all rate issues on Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Other issues that will be discussed at committee meetings include:
Wednesday, April 28 - Rate Blocks and Tiers, Pricing, Minimum Charge, Demand Charges, Low Income Rate Assistance
Wednesday, May 12 - Interruptible Rates, Economic Development, Special Fees and Charges, Other Issues (Demand Ratchets, Under-grounding, Who Pays for Growth)
Tuesday, May 18 - Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 26 - Possible vote on resolution