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Tucson Electric Power proposes $8 monthly residential rate hike

Posted: 1:18 PM, Apr 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-03 01:17:35-04
TEP prepares in advance for heat

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tucson Electric Power customers could see their monthly bills rise more than $8 starting next year.

According to information posted on the utility's website, rates could rise in May 2020.

TEP attributes the hike to "support support development of a smarter, greener grid to serve our community's growing energy needs."

The company says current rates have not kept up with inflation, and do not reflect the $1.2 billion the company has invested in infrastructure since 2015. The last rate increase went into effect two years ago.

Residential rates are estimated to rise between $7.97 and $8.86 per month, TEP says on its site.

Joseph Barrios, spokesperson for TEP, says the rate hikes would support the switch from coal-fired resources, to those that are cleaner, and more sustainable.

There are ways to save on your power bill if you're concerned about a rate hike. Barrios suggests doing laundry or running the dishwasher at night, during off-peak hours.

If the Arizona Corporation Commission approves the new rates and you need help with your bill, TEP, the City of Tucson, and Pima County offer utility assistance programs.

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