Cold weather, high demand & planned rate increases lead to above average OPALCO bills

Posted January 29, 2022 at 8:02 am by

The long string of sub-freez­ing tem­per­a­tures that hung around the island in late Decem­ber are con­tribut­ing to the expen­sive OPALCO billing state­ments that co-op mem­bers are about to receive. Accord­ing to the util­i­ty, many cus­tomers saw their ener­gy usage dou­ble dur­ing the most recent billing peri­od, due pri­mar­i­ly to the increased load placed on home heat­ing systems.

Because demand for ener­gy across the sys­tem was so pro­nounced, OPALCO was also hit with more than $300,000 in demand charges from the Bon­neville Pow­er Asso­ci­a­tion, the util­i­ty’s main­land pow­er sup­pli­er. These costs will be passed along to mem­bers as a sur­charge that OPALCO refers to as an Ener­gy Charge Adjustment.

This mon­th’s bills will also trend high­er because they are the first to reflect the four per­cent rate increase that was sched­uled to take effect in 2022.

OPALCO staff will host an online work­shop on Mon­day, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. via Zoom to answer mem­ber billing ques­tions. Reg­is­ter in advance by con­tact­ing Mem­bers who need finan­cial help can sub­mit appli­ca­tions to OPAL­CO’s Ener­gy Assis­tance Pro­gram and Project PAL.

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  1. We also received a big­ger bill than usu­al. We don’t heat with elec­trons. Too damned many res­i­dents and aged structures/utilities wast­ing ener­gy and caus­ing the $300K BPA charge maybe?

    But most impor­tant­ly we did not expe­ri­ence days of “below zero” tem­per­a­tures. Not even close. Does any­one at OPALCO proof read pub­lic statements??

    Comment by Steve Ulvi on January 30, 2022 at 7:54 am
  2. That ‘below zero’ was my mis­take, which I’ve fixed. I guess I was think­ing in celsius.

    Comment by Jeff Arnim on January 30, 2022 at 12:16 pm

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