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Oct 03

REC Notifies the Public of Application for Rate Hike

Posted on October 3, 2022 at 5:00 PM by Percy Ashcraft

REC Notifies the Public of Application for Rate Hike

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) issued the following public statement on September 30 regarding an upcoming application to raise rates to its customers:

“On October 31, 2022, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative ("REC" or "Cooperative") expects to file with the State Corporation Commission ("Commission'') an application requesting approval of a proposed increase in rates and charges for bills rendered on and after January 1, 2023, and approval of revised depreciation rates effective with the implementation of the proposed rates (''Application''). The Cooperative is filing the Application pursuant to§§ 56-231.33, 56-231.34, 56-235, 56-236, and 56-585.3 of the Code of Virginia and under 20 VAC 5-200-21(C) of the Commission's Rules Governing Streamlined Rate Proceedings and General Rate Proceedings for Electric Cooperatives Subject to the State Corporation Commission's Rate Jurisdiction ("Streamlined Rate Case Rules"). 

“REC has continued to invest in its system and the requested revenue increase will allow it to recover the investments that it has already made and related operations and maintenance expenses. Additionally, the increase in revenues will permit the Cooperative to continue to meet its financial obligations and to provide high levels of reliability and customer service. Specifically, the proposed rates are designed to increase the Cooperative's revenues by approximately $14.95 million per year, an overall increase of total revenues for the Cooperative of 3.90%. Impacts on individual member bills may vary based on usage. Based on pro-forma year results, the proposed rates will produce a TIER (Times Interest Earned Ratio) of 2.50.

“Under the proposed new rates, an average residential member using 1,347 kWh per month will see an increase of approximately $7.78 per month, which would be a 4.1 % increase to the member's monthly bill based on the current Power Cost Adjustment rate. 

“The Application does not propose any wholesale power cost riders be rolled-in to base rates. Additionally, the Cooperative is not proposing revisions to its rate structure as part of the Application. 

“On September 21, 2022, the Cooperative's Board of Directors approved revisions to the Cooperative's line extension policy. These revisions will become effective with the implementation of the proposed rates and the Cooperative has included the revised Terms and Conditions reflecting the changes approved by its Board. 

“The Cooperative intends to file the Application with the Commission on October 31, 2022. Any person subject to the change or changes proposed by REC has the right to request a hearing within 30 days of the Application's delivery to the Commission, or by November 30, 2022. Requests for hearing should be directed to the Clerk of the Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218. If the Commission receives objections from fewer than (i) 150 of the Cooperative's members; (ii) one-quarter of the members within a rate class that is the subject of a revision or increase; or (iii) all of the members within a rate class that is the subject of a revision or increase if the rate class contains 20 or fewer members, REC may petition the Commission to make rates permanent without hearing within 30 days after the Application is filed with the Commission. 

“The Commission may convene a hearing to consider the Cooperatives Application, and if a hearing is held, the Commission may order rate relief, redesign rates or adopt tariff revisions which differ from those appearing in REC's Application. 

“Interested persons are encouraged to review the Application and supporting documents for the details of these and other proposals and may download unofficial copies from the Commission's website: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/pages/Case-Information. Copies of the Cooperative's Application also may be inspected during regular business hours at each of the Cooperative's business offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Copies of these documents also may be obtained, at no charge, by submitting a written request to counsel for the Cooperative: Timothy E. Biller, Esquire, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Riverfront Plaza East Tower ,951 East Byrd Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-4074.”

REC has 170,000 connections throughout 22 counties in Virginia, which includes over 17,000 miles of power lines. REC shares King William County with Dominion Energy in providing service to County residents.

 

Tevis Begins Tenure as Director of Social Services

Amanda Tevis took over the reigns of King William County Social Services on October 3 after previously serving as Deputy Director. She left to serve as Director of Westmoreland County before accepting the position in King William.

The experienced professional will have her plate full after five months since the previous director left. I served as Interim Director while the search for a new Director was successfully completed.

Also during that time, the Board of Supervisors changed the governance structure and replaced a Citizens Governing Board with a Citizens Advisory Board. That leaves the County Administrator as the oversight of the Agency, similar to other departments in the County.

Among the pressing issues Tevis will tackle:

  1. Working with County Finance on state and local funding passing through the Agency.
  2. Filling vacancies.
  3. Stabilizing activities with both the Court system and law enforcement.
  4. Involving King William County again with many community partners.

A variety of services are available to eligible citizens.

 

King William County in Step with Commonwealth Technology Vision

Government Technology Magazine recently published an article reporting the results of all 50 states on their technological priorities for 2022.

The summary of those priorities were:

  1. Cybersecurity
  2. Constituent Engaging
  3. IT Staffing
  4. Modernization of legacy technologies
  5. Networks, broadband, connectivity, digital divide

Those priorities match very closely with those of County Government and the vision of the Board of Supervisors.

County Government currently has one IT professional dedicated to cybersecurity. Already systems are much safer and suspicious behavior has been intercepted.

Moving forward, the County would certainly like to move toward a larger IT Staff and have less reliance on IT consultants, which include contracts with Code Blue, Qualys, and Timmons.

Offering broadband throughout the County through a public-private partnership will certainly enhance community engagement, increase connectivity, and narrow the digital divide that exists in many parts of King William County. 

Upgrades to hardware and software will also be an important investment for the Board of Supervisors to consider to allow County Staff to be more mobile and offer greater efficiencies. One example is improved software so builders and contractors can schedule inspections online with the Building Official’s Department. 

It is good to see King William County is marching in step with other localities in the Commonwealth to hold a vision to serve its residents with the best technology possible.

 

King William County Now Showing Low Exposure for COVID-19

The latest numbers from the Three Rivers Health District show that King William County is now low for COVID-19. After months of being high and medium, the County is matching numbers from across the United States that have seen a sharp drop in cases.

Also, Monkeypox is considered a very low risk to the general population at this time, according to the VDH.