Columbiana sets electric rate

By D.A. Wilkinson


Columbiana has settled on a new electric rate.

The city previously had commercial, residential and industrial utility rates, and city council recently decided that all customers will pay the industrial rate, the lowest rate offered by the city, which buys electricity in bulk and resells it. The city has about 3,300 customers.

The rate will be about 8 cents per kilowatt hour, Keith Chamberlin, city manager, said Monday.

By comparison, the latest commercial rate to city customers was 10.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

However, the actual rate will rise and drop according to the monthly prices the city pays to buy electricity from electrical generating companies.

Councilman Bryan Blakeman had pushed for the lower rate last year after discovering that the city had a surplus of about $2 million.

The city also plans to make $800,000 in improvements to the city’s north electrical station.

The city’s south station is more powerful than the north station. Officials have said that the north-side station can handle all of the city in an emergency for only a short time.

Making the improvements would allow the north station to be able to provide power citywide in case of a longer emergency.

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