Renewable power forces Wyoming utility to request 30% rate hike

So many people showed up to Thursday's Public Service Commission meeting in Casper that another overflow room had to be set up.


Oklahomans have  faced their share of electricity rate hikes in the past several years, but nothing like the ones faced by Wyoming customers—-30%. The fight is focusing on renewable power costs.

It’s the hike requested by Rocky Mountain Power and this week, Wyoming customers came out in force during a hearing held by the Wyoming Public Service Commission.

What did the customers complain about? that the company’s renewable energy policies are driving up electricity costs. The Cowboy State State Daily quoted State Rep. Jon Conrad as claiming the utility doesn’t have enough power for customers because it relies more extensively on intermittent energy from wind and solar and has to buy power on the market.

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