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 a COSA?
2. How are rates set?
3. What are the benefits of a city-owned utility?
4. Why does electricity cost more for rural customers?
5. How much will my bill be?
6. Can I reduce my power bill?
7. How do our rates compare with our neighbours?
8. What about the proposed rate of return? How do you benefit?
9. How have rural rates compared to city rates over time?