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Kaplan City Council approves new electrical contract, reduced rates

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Posted at 9:04 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 22:04:06-04

KAPLAN, La. — The Kaplan City Council approved a new electrical conract with SLEMCO to provide power to the city with reduced rates.

The council unanimously voted to approved the new contract during a special meeting called by Mayor Mike Kloesel and held at city hall on Thursday evening.

Kloesel had said that residents could expect a savings of around 17 to 18 percent off of electricity rate by the July billing cycle, and that changes will be reflected in August's bill.

According to the council, the new contract offers residents an average cost of $.04953 per killowatt hour based on 2019 energy consumption and historic charges, compared with the current contract that offered an average cost of $.07030 per killowatt hour.

City of Kaplan Metering Director Wynn Hoffpauir says these rates are before the city’s $.046 per kilowatt hour distribution charge, making the new final average rate to the customer $.09553 per kilowatt hour as compared to the previous average rate of $.1163 per kilowatt hour.

Hoffpauir says this is approximately an 18 percent savings to the customer.

You can watch the entire city council meeting below.

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