(April 30, 2018) Lexington, Neb. – Dawson Public Power District will increase its Distribution Charge by one dollar for all General Service Rate and A-SH General Service Electric Heat Rate customers. This change will be in effect with May statements.
The General Service Rate’s monthly distribution charge will change from $28 per month to $29. The A-SH General Service Electric Heat Rate will move from $30 per month to $31.
The distribution charge defrays Dawson PPD’s costs associated with bringing power to the customer. This includes power lines, substation equipment, maintenance and administration. The distribution charge was implemented in 2015, along with lower kilowatt hour charges, and is billed every month in addition to the amount of kilowatt hours used. The cost per kilowatt hours used will remain the same as it was in 2017 for the General Service Rate and A-SH General Service Electric Heat Rate customers.
“Our priorities at Dawson PPD have been the same since the beginning: To bring our customers safe, reliable, and affordable electric power,” said General Manager Gwen Kautz. “Our board works hard to make sound business decisions to attain these goals. We approached our 2018 budget by defining our needs vs. wants, much like you would at home. Distribution system improvement projects were evaluated and prioritized, and some were rescheduled to a later date.”
As a not-for-profit utility, Dawson PPD uses bonds to finance large-scale improvements to its distribution system and ensure safe and reliable service. Dawson PPD previously used its cash reserves to pay for these expenses, much like using funds from a savings account. By building the cash reserves back up, the District will qualify for better bond rates in the future.
Dawson PPD customers may review rate information at any time through the following resources: online at DawsonPower.com, by calling 308-324-2386 or 800-752-8305 (toll free), or by visiting Dawson PPD’s offices in Lexington, Kearney or North Platte.