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Few public comments made on proposed MidAmerican Energy rate increase


The more you use your air conditioning, the higher your energy bill will be, but your bill may go up without even touching the thermostat.

MidAmerican Energy is proposing an interim electric rate increase of $2.73 for the average customer starting in August.

Long-term, MidAmerican wants to raise rates by an average of $8 per month by 2016.

All of this has to be approved by the Iowa Utilities Board.

But, the board won't vote until they've heard how you feel about the proposed rate hike.

On Tuesday night, the board was in Sioux City asking for public comments.

Just nine customers came out to voice their concerns.

One of them was disappointed by the turnout because he said it's an issue that's going to effect a lot of people in the area

"I'm sure it's going to impact a lot of people, and you know, what can they do? I mean, really, you either cut back on electric and that's hard to do unless you turn your air conditioner off, which can be done, but turning the heat off in this wintertime is something different," customer Greg Moore said.

Moore added that he was glad MidAmerican was able to answer his questions.

MidAmerican officials are traveling to eight different locations in Iowa.

Sioux City was their fifth stop.

They say the customers' biggest concern is the amount of the increase.

"I would say the main concern that we see is just the ability to pay the bill. I mean, I think customers see they're hit from many different directions," MidAmerican Energy Vice President of Customer Satisfaction Terry Ousley said.

The Iowa Utility Board will vote on the final rate increase by March of 2014.

If the board denies it, and decides to lower the rate, customers will be refunded the amount they paid, with interest.

MidAmerican will hold three more meetings in Waterloo, Fort Dodge, and Davenport.

To submit your own comment online check out this consumer comment form or e-mail customer@iub.iowa.gov.

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