Chillicothe Municipal Utilities is considering a small increase in electric rates. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with General Manager Jim Gilliland:

Jim Gilliland

This would not make a major difference in customers’ bills. “It would equate out to about a two percent increase. Which the average customer that uses about 800 kilowatt hours per month would see $1.60 per month increase,” said Gilliland.

The purchase power cost and wholesale rate has increased in the past year. “There have been a couple of reasons for that. One being: consumption for the summer has been down. And that kind of adds to our all-in costs, because we have some fixed costs that we have to pay for no matter if we use the electricity or not.”

The possibility of an increase will be discussed at the December Board meeting. If approved, the change will go into effect on January 1st.