Logan Light and Power Director Jeff White says no one likes the idea of raising taxes but he supports the proposal by the city’s Renewable Energy and Conservation Advisory Board: to increase power rates by one percent or $6 a year for residential customers.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, White said the one percent rate hike would generate about $300,000 a year.”About half of it, $150,000, would go into conservation programs, rebates, things like that for EnergyStar appliances on the customer side of the meter,” White explained. “The other half, the other $150,000 would go into tangible renewable energy projects like the micro-hydro project. We’re discussing the possibility of doing a solar farm like St. George’s Sun Smart program where it is community-owned.”White says right now the city’s conservation efforts, such as reimbursements like those offered to residents who outfit their homes or businesses with energy-efficient equipment, comes from city reserves. However, White says that funding will be ending this summer.White also discussed a joint project Logan City is involved in with Rocky Mountain Power. White says the structure going up on 1800 North near Campbell Scientific is a substation that will interconnect with Rocky Mountain Power, providing a second transmission loop to serve the west side of Logan.White said from 600 West to Logan’s west side actually represents half of the city.”Right now half of that load is served clear out of Green Canyon, the substation in mouth of Green Canyon,” he said. “So there’s a lot of exposure for some of our critical customers on the west side of town where the bump of one tree branch against a line can cause them $50,000 in damages of lost product on their lines.”He says the new system will improve reliability because it diminishes the line exposure to get the power to them.There will be a public hearing on the proposed rate increase at the next meeting of the city council on May 4.
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