…at least when it comes to how much our electricity costs. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has compiled a list of electric rates in Virginia, and top of the list is our very own NOVEC which is currently charging $131.88 for a thousand kilowatt hours at the same time it has a pending rate increase request. The national average is $121.19, while other Virginia utilities are charging as little as $76.67. The City of Manassas comes in at $91.60, and Dominion Power comes in at a seasonally-adjusted $102.86.
When we’re paying 43% more for electric power than nearby Manassas and have the most expensive power in the Commonwealth, why would NOVEC be trying to raise rates? The whole idea of an electric cooperative is supposed to be to provide cheaper power than a for-profit, investor-owned utility, so by this fundamental measure NOVEC is failing, and badly.
Everyone served by NOVEC is a voting member of the cooperative. Perhaps it’s time they heard from the members. If you’re inclined to ask NOVEC why they’re charging you the highest electricity rates in the Commonwealth at the same time they’re asking for a rate increase, and apparently doing little that anyone is aware of to control costs, you can reach them at 703-335-0500 or on their website.
I’ll be fascinated to hear from readers what justification NOVEC is offering for their behavior of late.
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