In response to a 4.5% increase in wholesale electric base rates by TVA to be effective throughout the Tennessee Valley region on October 1, 2023, CUB will “pass through” the rise in wholesale power cost to CUB customers. In addition to the wholesale rate hike, a cost of service study indicated adjustments in the fixed cost component (i.e., delivery charge) were needed to more fairly account for the actual costs to provide electricity to some CUB customer classifications. CUB’s board of directors voted to increase delivery charges by three dollars per month for residential and small commercial customers, as well as additional increases for larger commercial customers, effective with the implementation of TVA’s rate adjustment. In addition, to help offset the increase in operation and maintenance costs due to high inflation and the substantial increase in material costs, the board voted unanimously for a slight increase in energy rates to the affected customer classifications. Collectively, these CUB increases result in an approximate 2.5% increase. However, even after taking into account these adjustments as a whole, CUB customers will still realize a net rate reduction from October 2022 due to a decrease in the monthly TVA fuel cost adjustment. For a more detailed look at how these changes will affect the various retail rate classifications, please click on this link.
Despite these rate actions, CUB’s electric customers will continue to enjoy rates that are amongst the lowest in the region.
CUB’s electric system spans six counties and includes over 1,500 miles of high voltage distribution lines supplying electric service to approximately 30,000 customers.