Xcel Energy Proposes Increasing its Fixed Electric Charge

Following the lead of three other Wisconsin utilities, Xcel Energy
has proposed to increase the fixed charge customers pay on their
electricity bills each month. The charge would rise to $18 a month
from $8 under a rate plan Xcel’s Northern States Power utility
filed Friday with the state Public Service Commission.

The proposal follows the PSC’s approval of increases for
customers of three Wisconsin utilities, including Milwaukee-
based We Energies. Wisconsin regulators have ruled that the
increases are necessary to ensure that customers producing
their own power, but still connecting to the grid, are not being
subsidized by other customers. The companies need to recover
their fixed costs; for example, costs linked to poles, power lines
and customer call centers.

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