Public speaks out against Rocky Mountain Power rate hike

Laramie, Wyo. – Many Rocky Mountain Power customers say they fear that a proposed $80 million rate hike will be especially hard on people living on fixed incomes. They are also concerned about a range of service issues. That's the gist of written comments and statements received at a public hearing this week.

Public Service Commission Chief Counsel Chris Petrie says that the opposition to the rate hike has been very strong. "The commission has received more than the usual number of comments in this case from the public," he said. "And those comments do seem to me that the customers of this utility seem to be more informed about the impact of this application."

Petrie says the PSC will likely approve an increase of some sort, because it is obligated to allow the company to make enough money to run a profitable business. But he says that public concerns will play a role in the final decision. The PSC will hold a hearing on the request on June 20th in Cheyenne.