LADWP general manager Ron Nichols has been making the case for higher water and power rates for half a year now. He has said they are largely mandate-driven.
L.A.’s Department of Water and Power first proposed to boost rates in the spring. The Board of Water and Power Commissioners is (still) weighing whether to sign on to the increase.
But on Wednesday, the board is expected to vote on the energy portion of that plan. The DWP has asked for about an 11 percent increase in energy rates over two years; that translates to about $3.50 a month more for average users.
The city’s Ratepayer Advocate, Fred Pickel, backs the increases, although he said the utility needs to watch its labor costs going forward.
DWP wants to raise water rates by around 5 percent. Pickel has not taken a position on the water rates yet.
If the water and power commissioners approve higher rates, the issue will go to the L.A. city council for consideration. Some Angelenos have already protested, calling the rate hikes unjustified.
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UPDATE, 9:42 AM: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that the DWP board will not yet take action on the water rates portion of the plan, and to clarify that Dr. Pickel has not yet weighed in on th water rates.