Hydroelectric Surcharge Update
Starting July 1 and running through June 30, 2014, Roseville Electric customers will see a hydroelectric adjustment on their bills. The charge will increase the average monthly household electric bill by $1.11 per month.
Roseville Electric receives approximately 18 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric resources (dams) in northern California. Because the precipitation this year was lower than average, Roseville Electric will receive less than the normal amount of electricity from those projects. To ensure we have energy to meet your needs, Roseville Electric will need to purchase additional energy to make up for the shortfall.
The hydroelectric surcharge was adopted by the City Council in 2009 as a way to fund the purchase of electricity that was not provided from our hydroelectric resources due to lower than average precipitation.
In wetter than average years, and when the Rate Stabilization Fund is fully funded, the hydroelectric adjustment is a credit. In drier than average years the hydroelectric adjustment is a charge. This year’s precipitation index is 15 percent (7.5 inches) below average. For the period between January and April 2013, precipitation in the areas that supply water to Roseville’s hydroelectric projects was the lowest on record.