Jun 16, 2015 2:49 PM by News Staff
A controversial rate hike proposed by Redding Electric Utility is set to be discussed by the Redding City Council Tuesday night, and a large turnout is expected.
REU's restructuring plan, which proposes raising the fixed monthly network charge from $13 to $42, while reducing the energy charge from 15 cents per kilowatt to 12 cents. The proposal is generating a lot of backlash from residents and solar companies alike.
REU officials say the rate hike is necessary because solar customers aren't paying their fair share. REU has roughly 44,000 customers, almost 400 of which have solar panels
The alliance for Solar Choice says the utility is using the rate hike as a way to knock out competition in the growing solar market. The group also says they feel like the city is targeting solar customers for choosing to be more energy efficient.
The city council meeting begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.
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