Rate stability remains a priority at White River Electric Association, but due to a wholesale rate increase by WREA’s power provider, Tri-State Generation & Transmission, the 2017 rate increase could not be avoided.
“Tri-State let us know in September that we would have a 4.3% wholesale rate increase in 2017” said WREA’s General Manager Alan Michalewicz. With that notice WREA focused on managing internal costs and took a conservative approach to the 2017 budget. “We hope for growth in 2017, but our electric loads remain down, so we are implementing cost saving measures and efficiencies at every turn.”
Despite its focus on managing internal costs, WREA reports that it will not compromise on safety, reliability or customer service. “Providing our members with safe and reliable electric service while remaining committed to member and community service is at the heart of what we do,” said Michalewicz.
The Tri-State Generation & Transmission wholesale rate increase will be passed through to WREA members resulting in an average 3.6% rate increase. The residential increase will be $0.005/kWh. This equates to about a $3.00 a month increase for the average residential bill.
WREA’s new rates will go into effect on January 1, 2017, and members will receive a formal rate notice in the mail. Members with questions, comments or concerns may call 970-878-5041 or click here for detailed rate information.
You can find current rate information in our annual rate schedule.
Anyone having a comment or complaint about electric service or rates may file a written complaint with the WREA General Manager (P.O. Box 958, Meeker, CO 81641). Pursuant to Colorado law and the WREA Bylaws, WREA has adopted a Complaint procedure for its member consumers. Please contact WREA at 970-878-5041 or visit WREA with any comments or questions. Due to a remodeling project, WREA’s headquarters have temporarily been relocated to 7th and Market Street, Meeker, Colorado.