Manti City raises electrical rates

Published on July 13, 2017 at 01:54PM

The Manti City Council voted on Wednesday night to increase electrical rates in Manti from 9.8 cents to 10.17 cents per kilowatt-hour. City Administrator, Kent Barton, stated that the proposed increase of 3.8% is a direct pass through of the rate the Utah Municipal Power Agency will charge its member cities going forward. Mayor Korry Soper, who also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Utah Municipal Power Association, explained that increase was needed to offset the costs of the recently acquired $80 million West Valley City gas-fired generating plant, which was purchased as a result of expiring contracts the agency has had in place for many years with coal-fired power plants. Soper explained that the acquisition of the West Valley plant by the agency was made in an effort to stabilize power rates for its member cities as environmental pressures continue to target coal generation plants. Utah Municipal Power Agency is owned by its six member cities including: Levan, Manti, Nephi, Salem, Spanish Fork and Provo.

This is the second rate increase consumers in Manti have seen as a rate adjustment was implemented last year. But even with the rate increases, Manti’s residential electrical rate is about 5 ½ percent below the Utah’s average of 10.74 cents per kilowatt-hour. Nationally, consumers pay an average of 12.7 cents per kilowatt-hour, about 18% more than Utah consumers.