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Here Come’s the Bill: DWP Wants Massive Power Rate Hikes

The long-awaited consulting report on pass-through electricity
charges was released Friday, calling for an immediate 800 percent
increase in the energy cost adjustment factor and increases every
quarter that will raise overall power rates by more than 20 percent
within a year.

The massive increases are being sought as DWP
officials face intense pressure to have a revenue sream to be able to
lose at least four deals to buy solar and wind energy to meet the
stand-mandated goal of 20 percent renewable energy by the end of this
calendar year.

For the year ending June 2009, the residential rate
was 11.8 cents.

For the year ending June 2010, the residential
rate per the budget is projected to be 13.1 cents.

A 2.7 cent
increase is a 20.6% increase based off of the 2010 number, or 22.9% off
of the 2009 number.

If you add the 2.7 cent increase to the 13.1,
you arrive at 15.8 cents — a 33.9% increase over the 2009 rate.

here for the full report by PA Consulting.

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21 Responses to Here Come’s the Bill: DWP Wants Massive Power Rate Hikes

  1. Anonymous says:

    Goodbye Los Angeles, Hello Burbank!

  2. tron says:

    Do not blame DWP, who wanted green energy by 2020? MR Mayor did ! DWP is being forced into a corner because eberybody wants to go green but that costs money.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The next foreclosure tsunami caused by DWP. You may loose your home, but LA can claim to be green, making some scums millionaires

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why would Antonio care for DWP rate hikes? We pay for the Getty house upkeep. He just has to host the Pre-Oscar party.

  5. anonymous says:

    This doesn’t have to do with all the labor they’re absorbing from other departments, does it? How many employees will it take to screw in a lightbulb?

  6. AnonymouslyYours says:

    I don’t give an apcray whether the DWP goes green, pink, purple or amber.
    I do care that my check book gets redder and redder all the time.
    My average summer bill used to be around $750. That’s become my average winter bill.
    These outrageous raises in rates are unsustainable for the average home owner or renter, especially those on fixed incomes.
    There must be away to fight this…and win!

  7. Anonymous says:

    From the report:
    Feed-in tariff solar – This is a program being discussed that would allow 3rd party solar developers to install solar PV on private property and sell the power to LADWP at favorable pre-established rates. The plan is still tentative – no feed-in tariff solar is projected to be built in the Reference Case – but any plan could lead to rapid solar construction, as seen under similar programs in Spain and Germany.

  8. meterman says:

    The mayors continued push for renewable energy is going to bankrupt and force vulnerable DWP ratepayers into foreclosure. This heartless liar is turning everyone upside down and shaking every dollar from our pockets. No transparency on renewable energy costs. It was a no brainer the report would bring out the need to raise rates to cover his plans. We all know it’s going to create doubling our DWP bills within a few years. He has insured his agenda by firing Nahai and bringing in Freeman. Interim Freeman was supposed to be head of DWP for six months. This is turning out to be a total lie and pre-planned agenda to keep Freeman the puppet in charge until he is finally diagnosed with dementia. It’s now time to start a ratepayer revolt.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Meterman, love your indignation!
    But how about a “ratepayer revolt” last year when we could’ve sent Villar packing. But nooooo, you people did not understand that Villar & his conies are cancer, they’re destroying the city. Nooo, you’d rather cruise for Starbucks in the morning instead of going to your voting place and VOTE.
    Now enjoy Villar & I do hope that DWP bills will double because this is the only way to WAKE you people UP.

  10. Anonymous says:

    And also — don’t forget to vote for Boxer in November.
    She loooooves that green crap talk.

  11. Anonymous says:

    RE: Feb 27, 10:30 This is not the first comment that chastises “you voters” for puting Villar in office. The fact is that the majority of voters did not vote for Villar. Collectively, the other candidates received 158,620 votes while the mayor got 152,613.

  12. Anonymous says:

    To: 11:01
    What the other candidates pulled together DOES NOT MATTER. Villar still got MORE than any other.
    You just try to hide behind this silly argument because you’d not vote for the only challenger who did have a chance — Walter Moore. Instead of accepting that Moore is not perfect but WAY BETTER than Villar, you just stayed home or voted for a candidate who didn’t have any chances whatsoever.
    Congratulations on your logic! And yes by either not voting or throwing their votes away YOU VOTERS continued Villar’s reign.

  13. Anonymous says:

    While we are on this election thing of why people voted for Villar than someone else, it is because we know even less about the others. A known devil is better—–. Same goes for the Superior Court judges. Does anyone other than lawyers know anything about them. I no longer vote for anyone. Don’t know who they are. Why do we even vote for these positions when so little information about them is available.

  14. Anonymous says:

    If we are going to get effective change in LA, we need to get the name recognition out there otherwise the incumbents will keep winning.

  15. Daville says:

    For such an outrageous increase in rates the DWP had better start burying more of its hideous looking power lines.
    So far, the bureaucrats in city government have done nothing but contribute to the bankruptcy and decline of Los Angeles, both financially and visually.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Daville, funny you should mention that. DWP just submitted a report to City Council for burying the power lines along L.A. River. The preliminary estimate? $1.09 Billion. You want to pay for that too??

  17. Anonymous says:

    Daville, DWP just provided a report to City Council about the cost of undergrounding power lines along the L.A. River. The “preliminary” estimate is $1.09 Billion. You want them to raise your rates for that??

  18. Anonymous says:

    It’s not DWP or even the Mayor who wanted green energy. The state mandated 20% renewables by 2010 and 33% by 2010, OR there would be a penalty state tax per KWH. The Mayor DID up the 33% to 40% to try to look good though, but he’s a moron.
    Green Energy costs money because you’re either buying it on the market or rebuilding a substantial portion of the infrastructure to generate it, and it’s one of the most inefficient technologies out there. That means rate hikes to cover the cost. What happens if the state RPS isn’t met? An automatic 5 cent state tax per KWH, which is a 42% guaranteed hike (as opposed to the 33% proposed hike that Ron is mad about).
    It’s funny because Measure B would have been one of the cheapest ways to put renewable energy in the RPS and got shot down. So now that in-basin solar is void, the city has to build stations and transmission lines out in the middle of nowhere just to meet the state RPS.

  19. Anonymous says:

    To February 28, 2010 1:33 PM:
    As stated by DWP General Manager David Freeman and others, you don’t need a ballot Measure to accomplish what Measure B proposed. What Jack Humphreville and many others are asking for is transparency, honesty, stakeholder input, and cost controls accountability.
    On another related note, you should concentrate your efforts and work with others to change those State and Federal laws which really don’t help the environment, but claim they do. Natural gas fueled combined-cycle power plants with emission controls are clean and cost effective with supplemental power for solar, bio-mass, geothermal and wind power.
    Natural gas is mostly a North-American supplied fuel which is good for National Security by not adding to middle East oil imports.

  20. Anonymous says:

    1:54, true about Measure B, but now that it’s a politicized failure, they’ll have a hard time resurrecting it. Which is why they moved on to the First Solar deal and other out-basin projects. Meanwhile it’s 2010 already, the mayor is panicking and wants a carbon surcharge, and is too dumb to mention how it’s state mandated with forced penalties. So everyone including the papers thinks that the mayor is pushing for green energy just to have it for bragging rights, when it really is a requirement.
    I think those State and Federal laws are actually within the environment’s best interests – they just fail to take cost and efficiency into account. I also think that since nuclear is a politicized technology, combined cycle natural gas is the only practical alternative to base load coal generation. The only thing that bothers me is that it’s an expensive fossil fuel that will eventually run out.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Pay for it through DWP employees inflated salaries.

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