City Council approves Roseville Electric rate increase

Rates jump 2 percent this year, 2 percent next year
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Roseville Electric is increasing its rates 2 percent effective in July, and another 2 percent in July 2014.

The Roseville City Council unanimously approved the rate increase at the March 20 meeting.

“In a lot of ways, our hands our tied because we have to address the state mandate for the renewables,” said Councilwoman Bonnie Gore.

Roseville Electric Director Michelle Bertolino said the increase is needed to help the public utility provider meet California’s Renewable Standard Portfolio, which requires utilities to get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The mandate is being implemented in phases.

Bertolino said that mandate translates to an average $9 million more in costs for the local utility provider annually.

The utility will need to purchase more renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal to meet the state mandate. Utility officials have said that while no one wants rate increases, they have found that both homeowners and businesses prefer smaller, more frequent adjustments, rather than large ones.

Roseville Electric held more than 20 public outreach meetings about the rate increase, according to Bertolino.