Rate Changes FAQ
Customers will see their bills increase by an average of $10. Those with high usage may see their bills increase by an average of $15.
Yes, you will remain on all-electric. However, you will still be affected by the rate restoration.
The rate restoration will generate between $6-8 million in annual revenue for IPL. This additional revenue will be used for critical maintenance projects that will help avoid cuts to current service levels such as staffing the crews that restore your power after an outage or providing $3 million for annual tree trimming and other preventative maintenance measures to avoid disruptions to your electrical service.
It's important to remember that Independence utility bills contain electric, water and sewer charges. Other cities typically separate these charges into three separate bills. While the total cost of your bill may seem higher than someone outside of Independence, it is likely theirs does not contain the combined charges. Even with the return to 2012 rates, IPL rates will be among the lowest rates in the area.
IPL has not had a rate increase since 2012.
No, Independence Power & Light does not offer any incentives.
As of Fall 2023, Independence Power & Light has no plans to transition to time-based electrical plans.
A rate category is how the electricity that you use is calculated and not the amount of money that you pay for electricity that you use.
Your usage is the amount of electricity that you use during your monthly bill cycle.
This $10 charge will remain no matter how much electricity you are using. Customers are charged this fee to cover costs for things like meters, distribution lines, invoicing and other things needed to bring you electrical service. Previously, this charge was incorporated in a customer’s electrical rates and was estimated to be about $25 per account.
A PCA is a power cost adjustment line item. It is used when the cost to produce power is higher than expected, so a charge is used to recover added costs. This charge fluctuates with the seasons – like in the summertime when customers rely more heavily on things like air conditioning. This charge replaces, and is lower, than the previous FCA, or fuel cost adjustment.
PILOT stands for payment in lieu of taxes. Customers have always been charged this fee as authorized by the City Charter, but IPL is now pulling it out as a specific line item in the total breakdown to be more transparent with customers.
It is equal to the amount of City taxes and fees charged on privately owned utilities. The current Pilot Fee in the City of Independence is 9.08%.