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Electricity rates for northern California customers on the rise

Staff Reports

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; California customers of Sierra Pacific Power will see an increase in their bills with new rates that started Dec. 1.

The California Public Utilities Commission approved the 7.75 percent increase to northern California Customers, amounting in a $5.5 million growth.

According to a press release from NV Energy, of which Sierra Pacific Power is a subsidiary, a typical residential customer using 650 kilowatt-hours of electricity could see an increase of about $5.49, a 7.21 percent increase per month, from $76.16 to $81.65.

and#8220;In the three years since our last General Rate Case decision we have added more efficient plants, power lines and other electric facilities and programs to serve customers,and#8221; said Mary Simmons, vice president of External Affairs for NV Energy in the release. and#8220;Ultimately, these investments will help reduce costs to customers and help reduce customersand#8217; exposure to volatile market prices from sources outside the area.and#8221;