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Utility Prices Have Changed

10/1/2013

The City Commission approved changes to the fuel adjustment portion of customer bills for October and November 2013, making the rate for those months $0.054/kWh. In December 2013 and January 2014, the fuel adjustment returned to the previously authorized rate of $0.071/kWh. In February 2014, it was reduced to $0.069/kWh, where it is expected to remain for the rest of fiscal year 2014. 

Take control of your bill with money-saving tipsStarting October 1, 2013, GRU customers will see changes to their utility bills based on the fiscal year 2014 budget approved by the Gainesville City Commission in September. The budget, which was one of several options considered by the Commission, includes a total residential price increase of about 7.3 percent across all services when using standard industry comparisons.

The key reasons for the increases are declining sales over the past several years and the addition of a new renewable generation resource, biomass energy. GRU has taken several steps to mitigate the effect of these factors on customers, including refinancing existing debts and cutting its original 2014 budget by $10.8 million.

GRU understands that competitive pricing is important to customers and will continue to implement strategies to reduce operating costs while maintaining a high level of service.

“We have cut our budgets and will continue to find ways to work more efficiently while maintaining safe, reliable service for our customers," said GRU General Manager Bob Hunzinger.

Residential Prices

Residential Customer Comparison FY2013 Average Bill FY2014 Average Bill Price Change
Electric (1,000 kWh)
$127.67
$141.15
$13.48
Natural Gas (25 therms)
$32.63
$32.83
$0.20
Water (7,000 gallons)
$24.10
$26.55
$2.45
Wastewater (7,000 gallons)
$48.00
$48.80
$0.80
Total $232.40 $249.33 $16.93

Business Prices

For business customers, electric prices will increase an average of 12.5 percent. However, natural gas prices will be about 12 percent lower for customers using 50 therms or less per month, while customers using 300 therms or more per month will see a 1.8 percent increase. Water and wastewater business customers using 30 kgals per month will see increases of 1.5 and 1.1 percent, respectively, to cover rising fixed costs in those systems.

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