Oops, didn’t hike enough

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT -

Thank you for in­clud­ing the no­tice of REC’s (Rap­pa­han­nock Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive’s) up­com­ing rate changes [“Darn bills,” Feb. 22]. It is im­por­tant that our mem­bers know what to ex­pect, so I want to pro­vide a clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

The in­crease is ac­tu­ally more than what is stated in the pa­per. The av­er­age in­crease across all months of the year for 1000 kwh is $5.00 per month: $3 more in each of the eight non-sum­mer months, and $9 more in each of the four sum­mer months.

REC mem­bers can com­pare their costs un­der the new rates and the cur­rent rates us­ing an on­line cal­cu­la­tor at http:// www.myrec.coop/res/ac­count/an­nu­al_­cal­cu­la­tor.cfm.

Be­cause rates will vary in the sum­mer, we rec­om­mend con­sumers com­pare twelve months of bills in or­der to bet­ter see the full ef­fect. For con­ve­nience and com­par­i­son, twelve months of his­tor­i­cal us­age data is printed on each monthly state­ment.

Again, thank you for shar­ing this im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion. Feel free to con­tact me if you have ques­tions.

MATT FAULCONER Man­ager of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, Rap­pa­han­nock Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive

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