The proposed changes are based on an electric rate study presented in March.

Members of Dover’s city council will vote on a new series of electric rates during their budget hearings beginning Tuesday, May 29.

The rates are based on an electric rate study conducted in response to the competitiveness of the city’s rates for its commercial and industrial customers, city Public Affairs Coordinator Kay Sass said.

During the study the total cost of providing electric services as well as the allocation of costs to the various customer service classes and other factors were determined, she added.

If approved, the new rates will take effect in three phases between now and July 2022. Discounts provided to city customers through a Power Purchase Agreement will gradually be phased out over a three year period.

Although the new rates will vary based on category, electric customers can expect to see an overall increase of about 5 percent.

Dover serves about 24,600 retail electric customers with electric sales running approximately 753,062,000 kWh each year. The city owns two generating plants that are operated by NAES Corporation under a contract with the city.

The proposed rates were reviewed during council committee meetings March 27.

A copy of the Power Point presentation made to council and a final report is available at

https://evogov.s3.amazonaws.com/media/27/media/127540.pdf.

The budget hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31. All will be held beginning at 6 p.m. in council chambers at Dover City Hall, 15 Loockerman Plaza, Dover.