I have followed with interest the recent news articles regarding APS rate increases, but until I received my most recent bill, did not understand what kind of financial impact the recent rate increases would have on my household.
My actual electrical usage was $118.87, but my total bill was $242.87. The other $124.00 -- more than my actual electrical usage -- was for extraneous charges. Have you ever looked at the detail of your APS bill? The "extra" charges include:
- Basic service charge
- Delivery service charge (recently added)
- Environmental benefits surcharge
- Competition rules compliance charge
- System benefits charge
- Power supply adjustment
- Transmission services
And then there are the taxes and fees:
- Regulatory assessment
- State sales tax
- County sales tax
- City sales tax
- Franchise fee
I have no idea what many of these fees and charges are for, nor does it matter, since I am at the utility's mercy and have no choice but to pay.
To add insult to injury, the Saturday edition of the Arizona Republic featured a story entitled "Parent of APS Posts 320 percent Rise in Profits." This just a few months after APS asked for and received an emergency rate increase of 7.6 percent.
According to The Arizona Republic, two more cases are pending that could raise the rates even more as APS wants to recover $45 million in fuel and purchased power costs it paid as a result of outages at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. And in November, APS plans to ask for another 21 percent general rate increase.
If you are as incredulous as I am regarding these outrageous and repetitive rate increases, please write to the Arizona Corporate Commission and your congressman and implore them to reject any additional rate increases for APS.
Cynthia Frantsen, Payson