Aligning Costs with Services

Last Updated: 5/5/2014

Like any business, your community-owned electric utility, is committed to financial stability.  That means periodically Roseville Electric evaluates rates to ensure there is adequate funding to meet new requirements and maintain the high levels of service our customers expect. 

Starting July 1, customers will see a 2 percent increase, about $2 for the average home, in electricity charges.  The City Council recently approved the change to offset the purchase of renewable energy at state mandated levels.  There are five changes you will notice starting on your July electric bill, including:

-The basic service charge has increased and energy charge (kWh) has decreased
-An annual adjustable hydroelectric charge has been implemented
-The “Elec Res Environmental Compliance” charge has been removed
-“State Renewable Energy Surcharge" has been added
-“State Greenhouse Gas Surcharge” has been added

The basic service charge has increased; however, the kilowatt rate has decreased.  The hydroelectric rate adjustment has been implemented due to the lower than average precipitation this year. 

Roseville Electric must comply with California’s renewable energy mandates.  These mandates resulted in two new line items on your bill, including the new “State Renewable Energy Surcharge.”  This new charge is a response to California Senate Bill X1-2 that mandates all electric utilities obtain 33 percent of its total electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. 

The other new line item, “State Greenhouse Gas Surcharge,” is a response to California’s Assembly Bill 32, requiring all major greenhouse gas emitting facilities reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.