The city of Lompoc reminds customers that the temporary electric utility rate reduction implemented in Lompoc nine years ago ends this month. Starting in July, residential and commercial electric rates will return to 2011 rate levels, which eliminates the 3 percent temporary rate reduction implemented in 2012.
On July 17, 2012, Lompoc City Council approved a temporary one-year rate reduction for residential and commercial electric rates. The temporary one-year reduction went into effect Aug. 1, 2012, and included foregoing then-approved rate increases in July 2013 and July 2014.
The city has worked to hold these temporary rate reductions steady, while energy costs have steadily increased.
Recognizing the increased operating pressures, the Lompoc City Council adopted the city’s 2021-23 budget at its regular meeting on June 16, concluding the temporary rate reduction. The temporary rate reduction ends today, June 30, with the revised rates going into effect on Thursday, July 1.
With the conclusion of the rate reduction, Lompoc electric rates will be the same as they were in 2011, and continue to represent a substantial value compared to neighboring utility providers.
Lompoc offers programs to assist customers with paying past-due utility bills. A COVID-19 Utility Grant Assistance Program is available for qualifying customers, funded through the city’s Community Development Block Grant program. Find more information at: www.cityoflompoc.com.
In addition, utility billing delinquent fees and disconnections for non-payment are being waived at this time. For billing questions, customers may call 875-8250 or 875-8253.