A new lower renewable energy surcharge went into effect on January bills. Residential members will see a reduction from $1.05 per month to $0.75. Commercial members will see similar savings with the monthly charge going from $16.50 to $11.75.
The surcharge is mandated by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and was approved by Commissioners in December along with Mohave’s renewable energy plan for 2016.
Mohave’s renewable energy plan is submitted to the ACC each year. The plan outlines MEC’s program to meet renewable energy goals. Programs include incentives for residential and small commercial solar, wind, and solar water heating installations, as well as Mohave’s solar initiative for schools, fire stations, government buildings and non-profit facilities. Also included in the plan is a voluntary renewable energy program where members can purchase “green energy.”
A new utility-grade solar energy facility, completed in 2015, is now producing 5 Megawatts of power for MEC to serve its members. The solar facility located in southeast Fort Mohave produces nearly 10 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, or enough to serve about 820 homes.
Incentives for residential and small commercial photovoltaic and wind systems are 5 cents per watt, up to a maximum system size of 50 kW. The incentive cap is $2,500.
More information is available at www.mohaveelectric.com. Click on Energy Solutions then SunWatts, or call our Energy Management Specialist at 928-763-1100.
The REST surcharge on member bills funds the approved renewable energy programs which are intended to stimulate the renewable energy industry so that is may be cost effective to the point of standing on its own without subsidies.
Energy cost keeps going down!
Last month we told you that pricing in the wholesale power market is experiencing favorable conditions and that we had increased the credit amount for kilowatt hour energy on your electric bill. The good news is, the trend is continuing and is now bringing down the cost of higher priced “on peak” energy, or wholesale energy purchased at times of high demand.
As a result, Mohave Electric’s Board of Directors approved an additional credit to the Purchase Power Adjustor (PPA), increasing the amount of the credit to 1.75 cents beginning on December bills.
Although this type of a market will not last forever, we will continue to pass on the lower energy costs as long as possible.
Mohave Electric Cooperative has been notified by JACO Environmental, an appliance recycler, that JACO has ceased operations. MEC’s refrigerator/freezer recycling program was being administered by JACO, and as a result, the program has been discontinued.
Members who recently recycled their refrigerator or freezer under Mohave Electric’s program, will be contacted by a Mohave Electric representative regarding their rebate. For questions, please call Peggy Gillman at 928-763-4115.
Mohave Electric has several other energy efficiency programs to help members save energy dollars. For more information, visit www.mohaveelectric.com and click on Energy Solutions.
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