Roseville City Council to vote on utility rate increase

Council scheduled to consider adjustment March 20
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Roseville City Council is scheduled to vote on an electric utility rate increase at the Wednesday, March 20 meeting.

The proposed rate increase was unanimously adopted by the Roseville Public Utilities Commission on Feb. 26. Roseville Electric has proposed a 2 percent increase effective in July, and another 2 percent jump in July 2014.

“If it wasn’t for the state’s renewable energy requirement, Roseville Electric would not be recommending a rate increase,” said Director Michelle Bertolino, in a press release.

California’s Renewable Standard Portfolio requires utilities to get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, such as wind, solar or geothermal, by 2020.

The utility says it will need to purchase more renewable energy to meet the new 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.

The City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Council Chambers, 311 Vernon St. For more information, visit