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City electric bills to increase slightly

February 18, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Electric customers in the City of Hagerstown will soon see an increase in their monthly bills of between 1.67 percent and 3.23 percent over their current charges, City Light Department Manager Mike Spiker said Tuesday.

Spiker said one portion of the price charged to customers - the Purchase Power Adjustment - is increasing because the amount of electricity used last year by City Light customers was less than the amount of electricity the department projected would be used last year.

He said the base electricity rate is not changing.

The direct result of the adjustment will mean a 99 cent increase in the monthly bills of average residential customers, from $43.60 to $44.59, or about a 2.27 percent increase, Spiker said. He said the average residential customer uses about 700 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month.

Spiker said some of the city's commercial customers have already seen the price increases, but most of the residential customers will see it in their March bills.

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Industrial customers will face the largest increases in their monthly bills. For instance, the bill of an industrial customer using 250,000 kilowatt-hours a month will increase from $10,915 to $11,268.

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