Utilities rates going up for Fort Collins customers

Fort Collins Utilities customers’ rates are going up this year to reflect the cost of providing electric, water and wastewater services.

Beginning in January, water rates increased by an average of 6 percent and wastewater by 8 percent (stormwater rates will not increase this year).

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In February, most residential electric rates will increase by an average of 6 percent over 2011 rates, and a new seasonal three-tier electric rate will become effective.

The electric tiers are based on time of year (summer, non-summer) with electricity costing more per kilowatt hour in each of the three tiers as use increases.

A higher rate per kWh will be charged in each tier during the months of June, July and August when it is most expensive to purchase power from Platte River Power Authority, the city’s wholesale electric provider.

Residential customers can visit www.fcgov.com/residential-electric-rates to use the online calculator to estimate electric costs based on seasonal rates and historic monthly use.

Other programs that promote efficiency and conservation as well as rebates and services to help Fort Collins Utilities customers better anticipate and manage their utility use can be found at www.fcgov.com/conserves.

For more information, call 970-221-6700, go to www.fcgov.com/utilities, e-mail utilities@fcgov.com or TDD 970-224-6003.