About Your Rates 2010
Douglas County PUD electric rates are determined by comparing the expected electricity need in Douglas County to expected operating and capital costs.
Our power supply comes primarily from the Wells Hydroelectric Project on the Columbia River. When there is a lot of water coming down the Columbia at the right times of the year, we generate more than enough electricity to meet Douglas County’s needs. At times like these, the excess power is sold to other utilities that have a contractual first right to this power. The proceeds of those sales pay for a portion of the District’s operating and construction costs to hold down the amount Douglas County electric consumers have to pay. We put the balance in a savings account to use in those years when there isn’t so much water available for generation.
The Commission approved a six percent rate increase effective January 1, 2010 and an additional six percent increase effective January 1, 2011 to all rate schedules. The last rate adjustment occurred in 2002. Normal inflationary pressure is one of the reasons a rate adjustment is necessary. Also, the District will be borrowing money to finance some large construction projects that will improve the reliability of the electric system. When borrowing money, the credit rating determines the interest cost. Douglas PUD has a strong credit rating today and needs to maintain it. Rates that more adequately cover the costs to serve our customers is essential to the District’s credit rating. The average monthly impact of a 6% increase for a residential customer would be $2.79, plus or minus the effect of rounding, which is part of the District’s final bill calculation process.
Three new service charges related to the collection of delinquent payments were also added to the Customer Service Policies and became effective October 1, 2009. Click here to view changes to Section 6 of Customer Service Policies (changes are in red).
Douglas PUD still offers some of the lowest prices in the United States. We remain committed to providing you the best possible utility services at the lowest possible cost consistent with sound business principles.
A copy of the rates currently in effect is provided for your use. If you have any questions or comments please let us know.
2010 Power Rates
From District Resources including
Hydroelectric, Wind and Solar Power:
Schedule 1, General Service
|Demand Charge (Monthly)
||$1.10/KW greater than 50 KW|
||$7.40/mo. Plus $3.20/KW>30|
Schedule 2, Irrigation Service
|Demand Charge (Seasonally)
|Demand Charge (Monthly)
|Minimum Seasonal Charge
|Minimum Monthly Charge
||$1.90/KW connected load|
Schedule 3, Street Lighting And
Area Lighting Service (Daily Rate)
|150/200 watt high pressure sodium
|400 watt high pressure sodium
|Customer Choice Options:
Schedule 4, Energy Delivery Service
(For alternate energy supplier)
|Energy Delivery Charge
Schedule 5, Alternate Renewable
Resource Service (To encourage new
renewable resources, available to
general service customers)
||$6.26 per 100 kWh increment|
Schedule 6, Douglas County Community
Network Prices (DCCN)
|Dark Fiber - No Service Level Agreement
|Dark Fiber - With Service Level Agreement
|100 Mbps Virtual Local Area Network
|100 Mbps Customer Port
Click here for 2011 Rates.