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Appalachian State University
Doing Business As
New River Light and Power Company
Request to Increase Rates and Charges for Electric Service
(Docket No. E-34 Sub 46)


On July 28, 2017, Appalachian State University, doing business as New River Light and Power Company (NRLP), filed an application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission requesting authority to adjust and increase its rates and charges for retail electric service in North Carolina. NRLP operates an electric distribution system that serves about 8,500 customers. NRLP buys its power from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, which in turn buys power from Duke Energy Carolinas.  NRLP has not requested a change in base rates since 1996.

In its application, NRLP requests authority to increase its overall annual revenues by about $1,578,000, an increase of about 9.2% over current revenues.

The proposed rates would increase the bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kWh a month as follows:

Existing ($/month):        $93.33

Proposed ($/month):     $108.15

Percent increase:          15.9%

The dollar amount and percentage change will vary with each customer’s amount of electricity use.

The increase shown above includes a basic facilities charge increase from $6.29 per month to $12.58 per month for residential customers.

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