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Letter to the editor: Clarifying Torrington’s electrical rates

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 14th, 2012

Many of you read “my” letter to the editor on Oct. 31, but it was modified by the new editor who’d been here only a few days. I first came to Torrington July 31, 1941 from Cheyenne, where I was born. I enlisted in the Air Force after high school graduation in 1957. I returned in 1995 after retirement from AT&T, so that is over 33 years as a resident of Torrington.

I have been writing letters to the editor for over 45 years, and I’m certain I know what I want to write. The editor left out some very vital points I wanted the public to know before the election.

My points were Torrington’s winter electrical rate is 7.5 cents per kilowatt hour or $56.75 for 750 kilowatts used in a billing cycle. The summer rate is 9.5 cents or 71.75 for 750 kilowatts. Wyrulec is 14.7 cents or $110.53. The highest in the state is southern Carbon County, which is 34.7 cents or $260.37 for 750 kilowatts. The average rate for the state is $102.70 for 750 kilowatts. Customer charge for Torrington is $8 per month. Wyrulec is $26, and Southern Carbon County is $17.50. The state average is $22.50. As I said in my Oct. 31 letter, you can Google Wyoming Public Service Commission and click on “Electric” to see the same information.

As an aside, some of you received a postcard I didn’t the weekend before the election from [Torrington City Council candidate Normal] Vogel, which led people to believe there was a 20.5 percent increase in electric rates last year.

Torrington is on the same electric rates approved by the Public Service Commission for the spring of 2008. That postcard may have violated Wyoming election law 22-25-110, which requires all information disseminated for an election bear a statement indicating who paid for it. In this case, the postcard and postage. Some people seem to think laws are not meant for them.

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