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Customer-owned since 1895.

Electric and Water Utility Rate Proposal

RPU has submitted a proposal to the Board of Public Utilities and City Council for an electric and water utility rate increase over the next 10 years. RPU needs additional revenues to replace aging infrastructure in order to protect the public health and safety of Riverside’s homes and businesses. Even after raising rates to make these important investments, RPU's rates will remain low compared to neighboring agencies. RPU has kept rates frozen for the past 7 years to help our customers recover from the Great Recession. Further delaying a rate increase puts our community at risk, and will lead to higher costs when critical systems fail.

 

Public Health & Safety

Our infrastructure needs replacing.

 

Affordable Rates

RPU is working to keep rates as low as possible.

 

Rates Calculator

Calculate your current and future water and electric rates.

 

More Information

Browse documents and FAQs to learn more. También en Español.

 




Why does RPU need to raise rates?

Find out about our infrastructure that needs replacing, what the rate increase pays for, and how we're keeping rates affordable.

 

How will this impact me?

Learn about changes to typical residential and commercial bills. Calculate your rates with our rates calculators, find out about ways to save and low income customer assistance.

 

Where can I find more information?

Browse our FAQs, find documentation, and see a schedule of upcoming community meetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

The public health and safety of Riverside's homes and businesses depends on the replacement of aging electrical poles, wires and water pipes that deliver energy and water to you everyday. Many of them were built in the 1950's or earlier and are reaching the end of their useful life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infrastructure

It's time to repair and replace our infrastructure.


 

 


 

 

Infrastructure Report Card

In the summer of 2017, Riverside Public Utilities’ staff along with the City of Riverside's Public Works Department performed a self-assessment of the City of Riverside’s infrastructure utilizing the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) grading system. Their report was provided to the City Council on July 11, 2017 and in a report to the Board of Public Utilities on August 14, 2017. View a short video about ASCE's 2017 Infrastructure Report Card.


*RPU used the same ASCE grading scale to assess the average overall 10-year utility infrastructure outlook.

 

 


 

Electric System Needs

The below graphic displays our electric needs for the upcoming years.

 


 

Water System Needs

The below graphic displays our water needs for the upcoming years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find out about Utility 2.0 - a plan that addresses Riverside's critical infrastructure needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Rates Affordable

See the following charts for rate comparisons.


 

 

 

 


 

 

RPU is using available resources to keep rates low:

 

1.Excess Renewable Energy Sales, to be realized in upcoming years
$3 - 5 million /year

 

2.Adding PV Solar to well sites and lowering Edison electric cost
$800,000 /year

 

3.Transmission revenues from California Independent System Operator
$36 - $40 million /year over next 5 years; helps offset transmission access costs

 

 

4.Cap-and-Trade Revenues
$18 million from 2013 to date; $15 million next 3 years

 

5.Selling Scheduling Coordinator Services to cities of Banning and Rancho Cucamonga
$750,000 /year

 

6.$85 million Line of Credit
Reduces the amount of cash reserves we have to maintain and lowers rate

 

 

7.Western Wheeling and Excess Commodity Agreement - RiversideWaterPartnership.com
$100 million over 20 years

 

8.55-year lease with Hillwood
Potential for $45 million

 

 

 


 

Electric Rate Increase Lowered from 6.3% to 4.8%

As a result, the proposed rate increases are lower than the base rate plan:

 

 

Water Rate Increase Lowered from 17.5% to 8.6%

As a result, the proposed rate increases are lower than the base rate plan:

 


 

What does the rate increase pay for?

See the following pie charts to find out what the rate increase pays for.



 

 


 

When was the last rate increase?

See below and find out about the last rate increase.





Urban CPI Over the Last 7 Years

See below for a chart that shows urban CPI over the last 7 years.




Cost Increase of Average Household Items

See below for a selection of common household items that have increased in price.



Tide Laundry Detergent

2010 - $7.97 | 2016 - $12.57



1 Pound of Bacon

2010 - $3.22 | 2016 - $4.48



1 Pound of Potatoes

2010 - $0.52 | 2016 - $0.78


 


Movie Ticket

2010 - $7.50 | 2016 - $10.49



iPhone Device

2010 - $399.00 | 2016 - $649.00


 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to see how much your rates will increase? Take a look at our rates calculators. Use our electric rates calculator or our water rates calculator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much will my home bill change?

View our current residential electric rates or water rates.

 

 


 

How much will my business bill change?

View our current electric rates or water rates.

 

 


 

Projected Schedule for Implementation

See the following timeline for implementation of proposed rates.

 

RPU Board

Rate proposal is presented to the Riverside Board of Public Utilities

City Council

Rate proposal is presented to the Riverside City Council

Outreach

Rate proposal is announced and information is shared with the public

Workshop

Revised rate proposal is considered by the Riverside City Council and Board of Public Utilities

Recommendation

Rate proposal recommendation

Implementation

New rates will be implemented during this time

 


 

FAQs

Please click the button below for a list of frequently asked questions.

Documents

Please click the button below to access all rate plan and public meeting documents. También en Español.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RPU offers more than 40 rebates!
See how our residential rebates can help you save money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ways to Save

RPU has a ton of ways to help you save - explore our residential rebates or our business rebates.

 







 

 

 

 

 

 

Our programs help low-income residents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low-Income Programs

See below for details on RPU’s new and expanded low-income programs. Learn about our SHARE and Utilicare programs.

 

Electric Programs

  • Energy Savings Assistance Program: Include additional direct installation measures for energy efficiency
  • Affordable Solar Energy for Riverside: Increase PV rebate amount per kW
  • Rebates: Increase Energy Star rebates for SHARE eligible customers
  • Customer Engagement Program: Enroll SHARE customers to receive customized home energy reports
  • LED Program: LED bulbs available to each SHARE customer

Water Programs

  • Energy Savings Assistance Program: Include additional direct installation measures for water efficiency
    • High Efficiency Toilets, Shower Heads and Faucet Aerators
    • Indoor / Outdoor Water Audit

 


 

Community Meetings

Join us at your local RPU rate plan community meetings. Meeting schedule subject to change.

Riverside Public Utilities Open House

Click here for more information

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

2911 Adams St.
Riverside, CA 92504


Ward 1

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6:00pm

Riverside City Hall
Mayor's Ceremonial Room
3900 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92522

Ward 2

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:30pm

Natifuentes Centro de Niños
2010 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92507

Click here for meeting summary

Ward 3

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6pm

Janet Goeske Senior Center
5257 Sierra Street
Riverside, CA 92504

Ward 4

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6pm

Taft Elementary
959 Mission Grove Parkway N.
Riverside, CA 92506

Ward 5

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6pm

Hunt Park
4015 Jackson Street
Riverside, CA 92504

Ward 6 & 7

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6pm

La Sierra High School Library
4145 La Sierra Avenue
Riverside, CA 92505

 


 

FAQs

Please click the button below for a list of frequently asked questions.

Documents

Please click the button below to access all rate plan and public meeting documents. También en Español.