For the second time this year, the Powell City Council is considering an electric rate increase.
The city is proposing a 15 percent increase for residential and commercial users. If approved, the increase will show up on January utility bills.
“Our wholesale cost went up 22 percent. This is the minimum we could do,” City Administrator Zane Logan told councilmen.
Wholesale cost increases through the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency have resulted in higher electricity bills for three consecutive years. In April, residents saw a 10 percent hike in their electric fees. Rates increased by 11 percent in 2010 and by 5 percent in 2009.