Why does electricity cost more for rural customers?

There are 25 kilometres of transmission lines, 233 kilometres of distribution lines, and more than 5,000 power poles in the rural service area, more than double what is in the City. Therefore, it takes more resources to supply safe, reliable power to our rural customers than to our City of Nelson customers.

Our extensive Vegetation Management Program works year-round to reduce the impact of fallen trees and branches during windstorms. In the past 4 years, we have spent $2.6 million, 86% of which was in the rural areas.  This in turn reduces power losses and the cost to repair, as well as safety.

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1. What is the General Rate Increase proposed for 2021?
2. Why is the General Rate Increase done in April?
3. What is COSA and the Nelson Hydro Cost of Service and Rate Design Application?
4. What are the rural rate increases being proposed as a result of the COSA?
5. Why does electricity cost more for rural customers?
6. How would this impact my hydro bill?
7. How much will my bill be?
8. How are rates set?
9. Can I reduce my power bill?
10. How do our rates compare with our neighbours?
11. What are the benefits of a city-owned utility?
12. What about the proposed rate of return? How do you benefit?
13. How have rural rates compared to city rates over time?