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Fri October 12, 2007
Consumer groups oppose utility's collection plan
Cheyenne, WY – Rocky Mountain Power, Wyoming's largest
electrical utility, wants the state to allow it to bill delinquent customers for collection fees the company incurs in getting them to pay their bills.
The utility in June asked state regulators to approve its request to pass along the collection fees directly to delinquent customers. Rocky Mountain Power provides about 57 percent of Wyoming's electricity. Its prices are among the lowest in the region.
Company spokesman Jeff Hymas says that the utility's customers should not be expected to subsidize the cost of providing power for customers who don't pay their bills.
But some consumer advocates said state regulators should regard collection expenses as part of the utility's regular cost of doing business. They argue that the state should not allow the utility to
bill the costs directly to individual customers.
Tim Summers is spokesman for AARP Wyoming. He says that the utility is trying to shift its collection costs to the backs of people who can't pay their bills.
The state's public service commission will make a decision on the utility's request in coming months.