skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Biden administration moves to protect Alaska wilderness; opening statements and first witness in NY trial; SCOTUS hears Starbucks case, with implications for unions on the line; rural North Carolina town gets pathway to home ownership.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Supreme Court weighs cities ability to manage a growing homelessness crisis, anti-Israeli protests spread to college campuses nationwide, and more states consider legislation to ban firearms at voting sites and ballot drop boxes.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

Rocky Mountain Power 30% rate hike hearing in Casper Thursday

play audio
Play

Monday, October 9, 2023   

The Wyoming Public Service Commission, the agency that regulates utility companies, is holding a public hearing this Thursday in Casper seeking public comments on Rocky Mountain Power's proposal to increase rates by nearly 30%.

Andrew Schneider is the operations director for the The Wyoming Arts Alliance, and serves on the board for the Nicolaysen Art Museum. He said the museum's current utility bill is already equal to the cost of one full-time employee.

"Now if we get this rate increase - close to 30%," said Schneider, "we're in a position, like I would imagine many nonprofits with facilities, of looking at making really hard decisions."

The hearing starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Thyra Thomson State Office Building.

Rocky Mountain Power's proposal - which also puts customers on the hook for 100% of any fuel cost overruns, and locks in profits above 10% - has produced a wide range of critics and misinformation.

Some lawmakers have claimed, without evidence, that higher rates are due to renewable energy.

Rocky Mountain Power recently sent an email to its customers with documentation hoping to set the record straight. Without new wind resources, for example, rates would have increased an additional 60% in Wyoming.

Schneider explained that the company is not raising rates due to an overload of wind and solar, but because natural gas and coal prices are highly volatile.

"And the facts are that renewables on the grid save tens of millions of dollars for Rocky Mountain Power's ratepayers," said Schneider. "Putting renewables onto Rocky Mountain Power's grid is going to stabilize these prices, and bring the rates down."

The Public Service Commission will accept written comments from ratepayers until October 25.

Schneider encouraged people to bypass the political spin, and make sure that the commission hears how higher rates will impact Wyoming residents.

"People need to get involved while you still have a chance to do that this month," said Schneider. "And folks need to just focus on the way this is going to impact you, and your family, and your businesses, and your community."




get more stories like this via email

more stories
Several Mississippi correctional facilities offer both short-term (12 weeks) and long-term (six months) alcohol and drug programs with individual and group counseling for treating alcohol and drug addictions. (Wesley JvR/peopleimages.com)

Social Issues

play sound

Mississippi prisons often lack resources to treat people who are incarcerated with substance-use disorders adequately but a nonprofit organization is …


Social Issues

play sound

April is Second Chance Month and many Nebraskans are celebrating passage of a bipartisan voting rights restoration bill and its focus on second chance…

Health and Wellness

play sound

New Mexico saw record enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act this year and is now setting its sights on lowering out-of-pocket costs - those n…


Migrants are put on buses from Texas to other states, often without knowing where they are going. (afishman64/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The future of Senate Bill 4 is still tangled in court challenges. It's the Texas law that would allow police to arrest people for illegally crossing …

Social Issues

play sound

Residents in a rural North Carolina town grappling with economic challenges are getting a pathway to homeownership. In Enfield, the average annual …

Social Issues

play sound

A new poll finds a near 20-year low in the number of voters who say they have a high interest in the 2024 election, with a majority saying they hold …

Social Issues

play sound

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court could have implications for the country's growing labor movement. Justices will hear oral arguments in Starbucks …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021