Friends & neighbors,
Look at your most recent IREA bill. Private users will notice a mystery “Basic Service Charge” of $10. This monthly charge was never there before, and increases your bill by $120 per year.
Business users will notice a similar charge of $30. This is an increase from $12 – an increase of almost 300%!!! This increases your bill by $360 per year.
Apparently, they can privately add any charges to your bill , anytime they want. This charge was secretly added at a closed door board meeting. When I called IREA to protest the charge, they threatened me with turning off my electricity.
We are co-op members of this utility, and as such, it is not governed by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, or by any other govermental agency. They can pass any rate increase they desire, with no oversight responsibility. When I called the CO PUC, they told me there was nothing they could do
I have started a petition on www.change.org If you care about such unjustified “hidden” charges, please go there and sign the petition.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link:http://www.change.org/petitions/intermountain-rural-electric-assocoation-rescind-excessive-basic-service-charge-2