NEW PAYMENT SCAM WARNING!!!
There is a new scam hitting our area. Several of our customers have received a phone call stating that their electricity will be disconnected unless they pay immediately. Some customers are being told to go to Walmart and purchase a Blue Walmart Prepaid Credit Card others are told to call an 800 number. These calls are NOT coming from Trinity PUD. If in doubt always call our office, not a toll free number.
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 IS TRINITY PUD RAISING 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 unlike the for-profit utilities.
The charges on your bill reflect costs to Trinity PUD. To some extent, we can control costs such as our line maintenance and daily operating expenses. Other costs like debt service and the cost of purchasing power cannot be controlled by Trinity PUD. And while Trinity PUD has taken steps to reduce costs that we can control like reducing our employee count from 23 to 21 and forgoing wage increases over the past year, we still spent more than $1 million more than we collected last year.
Trinity PUD faces the same inflationary cost increases that any household experiences. The cost of nearly everything that we purchase increases over time. This includes line construction materials, construction equipment, health insurance, and nearly every other item required to run the utility. In addition to these normal inflationary cost increases, Trinity PUD has experienced a very dramatic increase in the cost of the 100% hydro power that we purchase from the Western Area Power Administration as a result of the drought and the way that Trinity Lake water is being managed. Trinity PUD’s cost to purchase power has nearly doubled in the last 4 years.
At some point we hope and believe that we will return to more normal precipitation patterns which will reduce our power cost somewhat, though I do not expect our power costs to ever return to pre-drought levels. This is because of the dramatic change in the way the Bureau of Reclamation is managing Trinity Lake water. Over the past several years we have seen a continuing escalation in the amount of water released down the Trinity River (in spite of drought conditions), which dramatically reduces the amount of electric power generated. When water is released down the river, we only receive electric power generated at Trinity Dam and we lose the generation from Carr Powerhouse (located at the west end of Whiskeytown Lake), Spring Creek Powerhouse (located at Spring Creek on Keswick Lake), and Keswick Powerhouse. This means for any given amount of water that is released down the river, 75% less power is generated.
Unfortunately, there appears to be no relief for the way water is being managed on the Trinity River. Trinity PUD participates with other power customers in a number of forums to try and bring rationality to water management decisions, but we have been unsuccessful in curbing the excessive and wasteful releases.
Trinity PUD will continue to work hard to keep rates as low as possible, as that is one of our primary mission goals. It may come as little consolation, but other California utilities are also raising rates as they deal with the same cost pressures faced by Trinity PUD. Our rates will remain the lowest in California for the foreseeable future.
Paul Hauser, General Manager