CUYAHOGA FALLS — Cuyahoga Falls City Council on Monday will review a proposal to increase residential and commercial electric rates each year for the next three years.
Finance Director Bryan Hoffman said the city paid $36,100 to Utility Financial Solutions for a rate study, and the firm has recommended a rate increase.
Under the proposal, the vast majority of residential customers (about 22,000) would have their monthly base rate increase from $7.75 to $9.65 in 2020, $11.55 in 2021 and $13.55 in 2022. The monthly usage rate for these customers would not change.
However, some of the approximately 600 residential customers who have all-electric homes would see their monthly usage rate also increase. In the proposal, the all-electric residential customers’ monthly usage charge for consuming more than 900 kilowatt hours in each month from October through May would increase from 8.675 cents per kilowatt hour (KWH) to 9.275 cents per KWH in 2020, and 9.802 cents per KWH in 2021 and 2022. The all-electric customers’ plus-900 KWH usage would not be increased in June through September.
There are seven different classifications for commercial customers. The one that covers the most customers small commercial customers. In this category, under the proposed increase, the monthly base rate would rise from $20 to $21 in 2020, $22 in 2021, and to $23 in 2022. The usage rate would increase from 10.775 cents per KWH to 11.001 cents per KWH in 2020, 11.232 cents per KWH in 2021 and 11.468 cents per KWH in 2022.
Customers’ base rate charges are not listed separately on their utility bills, according to Teresa Hazlett, the city’s deputy service director.
"That base charge is within your [consumption] electric charge," said Hazlett, who added the power cost factor is listed as a separate line item because that figure "fluctuates monthly."
City council in 2014 approved electric rate increases for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Rates have not gone up since 2017, according to Hoffman.
A Utility Financial Solutions representative will attend Monday’s meeting and give a presentation to Council.
Council’s meeting on Monday will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.
Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.