P.O. Box 1216
26 Ponderosa Ln.
Weaverville, CA 96093
(530) 623-5536 Customer Service
(530) 623-4564 Administration
(530) 623-5537 Operations
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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WHY HAS TRINITY PUD RESTRUCTURED ELECTRIC RATES???
At Trinity PUD we are very concerned about how much we must charge our customers for power; therefore we work hard to keep our rates low. Trinity PUD is a not-for-profit utility owned by our customers, so we charge what it costs to provide electric service. Trinity PUD makes no profit from our sales of electricity like the for-profit utilities do.
The charges on your bill reflect costs to Trinity PUD. We can control some of these costs such as our line maintenance and daily operating expense. Other costs like debt service and the cost of purchasing power cannot be controlled by Trinity PUD. Within these two categories of costs, Trinity PUD has costs that are fixed and independent of how much energy we sell, and variable costs that are directly related to the amount of energy we sell.
Beginning with the August 2015 bill, Trinity PUD has implemented restructured electric rates. The purpose of the rate restructure is to more accurately align Trinity PUD's costs with our rate structure. The implementation of the fixed charge is designed to partially cover the fixed costs that Trinity PUD incurs. An example of this fixed cost principle is the maintenance and operations of the more than 700 miles of power lines that are used to serve Trinity PUD's customers. If a customer connects a vacation home to our lines and only uses electricity a few weeks of every year, then that customer will not be paying the actual cost of providing their service. Without an appropriate fixed access charge built into the rate, other customers that use more electricity throughout the year end up paying extra to subsidize the part-time user of the system. There is a very significant cost just to have electric service available even without any usage. Trinity PUD believes in the principle that costs should be borne by those that cause the cost to be incurred and that we should minimize subsidies between customers as much as possible.
Unfortunately, Trinity PUD has some of the highest fixed costs of any electric utility in California. This is because Trinity PUD has over 700 miles of power lines spread out across 2,000 square miles of rugged terrain while only serving about 7,300 customers. In comparison, the City of Redding has about the same line mileage as Trinity PUD, while serving about 45,000 customers in a 65 square mile service territory. Trinity PUD is very fortunate to have a right to Federal power at a low cost which allows us to overcome some of these very high fixed costs so that the District can offer the lowest rates in the State of California.
Trinity PUD will continue to work hard to keep rates as low as possible, as that is one of our primary mission goals. We believe that this goal is being met since our rates are among the lowest in the State.
Paul Hauser, General Manager