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Rate adjustment means bill reduction
Sawnee EMC's move rare at start of summer
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Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation customers should see a reduction in their power bills beginning this month.

“If they received a bill in the mail today, [the reduction] will be on there,” said Blake House, vice president of member services. “It’s all bills received after June 1.”

The reduction comes as a result of a retail rate decrease in Sawnee EMC’s wholesale power cost adjustment, or WPCA.

For electricity billed beginning this month, the adjustment factor will be lowered from the previous rate of $0.022 to $0.018 per kilowatt hour.

House said the typical single family home uses about 1,500 kilowatt hours of electricity each month, which would result in a savings of about $6 on the monthly power bill. The more power used, the higher the savings.

“Businesses use more so their savings will be more and larger homes use more so their savings would be more,” he said.

House said customers will continue to see the savings as long as the adjustment factor remains at the current rate.

“If we continue to see lower costs, I could anticipate seeing further savings, but it all depends on the weather and power costs,” he said. “But as for right now, it’s in effect until further notice.”

He said the rate reduction comes at a good time since most power bills are the highest of the year during summer months.

“This is the first time that I can recall members seeing a rate reduction going into the summer,” he said. “Normally, we have to keep the WPCA at a certain level until the end of summer and we see what kind of summer we’ve had, power costs come in, that kind of thing, before we’re able to make any adjustments [to rates].

“But we’ve seen lower power costs this year already than we had budgeted, so we were in the position to make this reduction.”

House said he and other leaders of Sawnee were glad to be able to offer the lower rate.

“It’s definitely not the norm to see a rate reduction going into the summer, but it’s definitely welcome, I hope,” he said. “Anything we can do to make the lives of our customers easier, we’re glad to be able to do it.”