A quick look basically shows that our per unit changes including “adjustments” is pretty typical for MN. However our base energy charge is higher. This means that our rates tend to be regressive and offers less incentive for conservation. RPU will be doing a rate study in 2014 and I have offered some suggestions to reduce the base charge. Keep in mind the differences are pretty small, but do exist.
2 things that I think should change is that the base charge should be lower (and thus per unit cost higher). Secondly I think that we should have progressive rates where the first level of pricing is cheaper and the cost gets progressively more expensive. Thus people have more of a reward for saving energy.