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NHU Files for an Electric Rate Adjustment

New Holstein Utilities has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) to increase electric rates. The adjustment has been requested in order to make capital improvements associated with a substation and distribution line project, as well as to offset increased operation and maintenance expenses caused by inflation, an aging power plant in need of maintenance, and an increase in the number of customers being served by the utility. The last electric rate increase was approved in December of 2004.

The utility is requesting an overall increase of 10.23%, or $554,964. The final impact of the rate increase upon individual customers will not be definitely known until the PSC issues an order; however, if the PSC approves the utility's rate design, New Holstein's electric rates would still compare favorably to those of Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS), the investor-owned utility serving the region.

Under the proposed rate structure, based on an average usage of 790 kilowatt-hours (kWh), the typical residential customer's monthly electric bill would increase from $66.59 to $75.91. The same residential customer, if served by WPS, would pay $87.80, or 15.7% more for their electric service.

The PSC will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The hearing will be conducted by telephone between the New Holstein Utilities office in New Holstein, WI and the PSC office in Madison, WI. For more information, please contact the PSC at (608) 266-5481 and refer to the New Holstein Utilities electric rate application under Docket 4110-ER-107.