Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The average customer will see an increase of $13.62 in January.
The dry weather has led to lower water levels at reservoirs that supply the companies turbines. When there is surplus water, AEL &P has sold energy to Greens Creek, Princess Cruise Lines and other customers.
The dry summer has left the utility with no surplus water to sell
AEL&P Spokesperson Debbie Driscoll said they anticipate the increase to be about $13.62 per month. However, compared to last winter, the average bill will increase about $5.57 per month due to the rate decrease that went in effect in August of this year.
The sales of this surplus energy in the past five years has helped reduce monthly bills for the average customer by $29.50.
AEL&P understands the impact that higher rates can have on customers. For help on how to lower usage and reduce winter bills, customers can call AEL&P at 780.2222.