OTOC leaders Mary Spurgeon, Mark Loscutoff, Mary Ruth Stegman and Alan Vovolka were among the 15 community leaders who worked together at the hearing to testify against OPPD’s proposed rate restructuring and ask for a delay until the Board engaged in further discussion of alternatives.
- OPPD’s lack of transparency;
- improving OPPD’s engagement with the community;
- negative impact of OPPD’s proposal;
- our vision for a smart energy future;
- and assuring that low use; assuring that low income households get the help they need if they are unable to pay the increases which will range from $75 to $175 per year for low use households.
Some of OTOC’s questions to the Board included:
Answer from CEO Burke:
Answer from Board Member Mines:
Partial Answer from Board Member Ulrich:
“Board member Fred Ulrich said the new rate plan corrects an existing inequality — that of high-use customers covering system costs for low-use customers. No longer will a rural customer living in a mobile home subsidize the solar panels on a home in Regency, he said.
Joining Mines and Ulrich in voting for the change were Anne McGuire, John Green, Mike Cavanaugh and Rich Hurley.” from Omaha World Herald