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Diesel surcharge delayed implementation of electric rate increase in Ketchikan, Alaska
3/14/2019 12:00:00 AM

Water Supply & Quality
Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK
Ketchikan, AK

Start Date: 3/7/2019 - End Date: 10/1/2019
A planned electric rate increase for customers of Ketchikan Public Utilities will be put off until the current diesel surcharge was no longer in effect. The 3.5 percent rate increase was to begin April 1, but the utility was still using diesel to generate electricity and was adding a diesel surcharge to customers’ bills. When rainfall refills reservoirs so cheaper hydropower can be generated again, diesel will not be needed and the diesel surcharge can be dropped. KRBD (Ketchikan, Alaska), March 7, 2019