California’s limited power supply will cause electricity bills for customers in the Imperial Irrigation District to increase dramatically starting this month, the utility said on Wednesday.
The district said IID customers can expect about a 16% increase in rates on their monthly bills starting in August.
The increase is due to higher costs for purchased electricity, fuel and other “market conditions,” the utility said.
Customers can expect these increased costs on the energy cost adjustment portion of their electricity bills.
The district said the increase is not intended to generate income, but to offset the additional costs that the district faces.
IID provides electricity to more than 150,000 customers in parts of Riverside and San Diego counties, and throughout Imperial County.
IID has a Home Energy Assistance Program (REAP) which offers income-eligible customers a 20% reduction on their electric bill.
IID also offers a 30% REAP discount to qualifying customers aged 62 and over.
Participants aged 62 or over must reapply to REAP every two years, while all other participants must reapply each year. The annual household income limits are as follows:
- 1-2 people in the household: $ 34,480
- 3 people in the household: $ 43,440
- 4 people in the household: $ 52,400
- 5 people in the household: $ 61,360
- For households of 6 or more people, add $ 8,950 for each additional person
Applications for the program are available on https://tinyurl.com/2kpvzvvm.
Proof of income (such as pay stubs, social security statements, or other income documents) is required for each adult in residence. The applicant must be the registered client with IID and cannot be claimed on another person’s tax return as a dependent.