This probably only interests you if you’re from Minnesota in the US and have Xcel as a utility provider. Xcel has recently proposed rate increases as high as 10.7%; they recently scaled that back to 8.2%, and discussions are still pending. However, in the reporting thus far I’ve not seen any details about proposed changes for residential customers. I went looking at the PUC docket system for details, and found document #201211-80322-06 in docket 12-961. There are probably other fee/rate/rider changes as well, but the top-line changes for residential seem to be:That’s a
$2 $3/month increase for “customer charge” and per-kWh increases as well. Other parts of the document seem to reveal no change in the WindSource program cost, and I can’t find any details of changes to net metering agreements. I’m not too broken up by this, I only buy on average about 110kWh/month net after my solar, and price increases raise my avoided costs and make solar pay off faster. I imagine it’s a hardship for some. If the increases went towards cleaner, more efficient energy I’d be happier with it; if it goes to corporate jets, a bit less so.
The above changes are before Xcel proposed a slightly lower increase; it’s unclear how that will affect residential customers at this point, I guess.