#1 - What Do I Do When My Power Is Out?
When your power goes off, check your neighborhood. If you are the only one without power, check to see if a fuse is blown or the main circuit breaker has tripped.
If you don't find a problem there, look outside at the service wire connected to your house. If it is down, don't go near it since it may be charged with electricity. Instead, immediately call LCPD or your local fire department.
If other homes in your neighborhood are without power, notify LCPD.
If you can't get through, chances are many other people are calling us and our phone is busy. Please continue trying until you get an answer.
When you call, we will need your name, service address, phone number, how long your power has been off, and your LCPD account number (if available).
#2 - Ways To Save On bills
If You Can't Stand the Heat...
- Close draperies on the sunny side of the house to block the sun’s rays.
- Use light colors to reflect heat and reduce cooling costs, when painting your home or replacing the roof.
- Plant deciduous trees to add shade in summer and let the sun through in the winter.
- Plant small shrubbery near the foundation of your home to shade the lower half of outer walls. Plant three feet from the wall to prevent water damage.
- Use fans to circulate air and make you feel cooler at a higher thermostat setting.
- Do moisture-producing chores in the early morning or at night when it’s cooler. This includes washing clothes or dishes, mopping floors, watering indoor plants, etc.
Choose another area of interest: (Click Below to open the page)
- Efficient cooling
- Energy efficient lighting
- Seal it tight
- Insulate, aerate and ventilate
- In and around the refrigerator
- Other appliance savings
- A few more to try
For some great ways to save on your energy bills, view our Energy Conservation page.
#3 - Frequently Asked Questions On Billing
When do I get my bill?
Your bill is mailed on the first of every month depending on what day of the week the first falls on. If the first falls on a weekend then the bills are mailed out on the first Monday of that month.
When is my bill due?
On your statement, to the top right there is a “Bill date” and "Payment due by date". These dates can vary each month depending on the number of days in the month.
What is the grace period?
A bill is considered delinquent if payment is not received within 25 calendar days from the bill date.
Why is my bill so high?
There are many factors involved in the amount of your bill. Check out Bill Higher Than Normal for some things you can check.
When will I receive my first bill?
You can expect to receive your first bill no later than 45 days after connecting service. If you do not receive your first statement within this period, please contact us.
I did not receive my bill. What should I do?
Call the office and we will be happy to mail or fax you another copy.
Can I change my billing date to another date?
No. Our billing due dates coincide with when the meters are read. Although we cannot change the billing date, we do allow 25 days from due date before the bill is considered delinquent.
I did not receive my bill. Why am I charged a delinquent fee?
If you have not received your bill by the sixth of every month please call the office. Once the billing grace period has ended, a delinquent fee of 1.5 percent is assessed to the account automatically.
How do I sign up for online billing?
Go to WWW.LCPD1.COM and at the top of the page in red is “view and pay your bill online”, click on this link and create an account using your account number and name as it appears on your bill. You will still receive a paper bill in the mail but you can view, print, and pay your bill.
Do you accept credit and debit cards?
Yes, LCPD accepts credit, debit, echecks, money orders, cashier’s checks, and good old fashioned cash.
Can I make a payment arrangement online?
Yes, go to www.lcpd1.com and set up an account to create automatic payment arrangements to suit your needs.
I need an extension to pay my bill. What can I do?
You can call our office at 775/962-5121 ext 0, or 775/962-5122 ext 0.
What can I do to stop my service from being disconnected?
To avoid an interruption in service, the delinquent amount must be paid before the close of business on the day prior to the shut off date printed on the statement. If you are unable to pay by the due date, call our office to make a payment arrangement.
If I only make a partial payment, will my services be shut off?
It is possible that your electric service may be disconnected for nonpayment; however, you might be able to make payment arrangements for your delinquent amount. To see if you are eligible for an arrangement, and to avoid interruption of service, please call the office to make payment arrangements.
Can I pay my bill in person?
You can pay your bill in person at our office…SR 320 Caselton, Pioche. We accept credit cards, checks, cash, and money orders.
Alternatively, you can place your payment in our drop box in Panaca across from the Junior High School on 4th Street.
I want to mail my payment. What is the address?
You can send your payment to: HC 74, Box 101, Pioche, NV 89043
I want to know when my meter will be read.
All meters in the town of Panaca, and Highland Peak are read on the 20th of every month or the nearest possible week day. Residential meters in South Panaca, North Panaca, Meadow Valley, and Caliente are read on the 21ST of every month or the nearest possible week day. All other meters are read on the last three working days of the month. Please provide our meter readers with unassisted access to your electric meter during these dates. This will ensure an accurate billing statement.
There is something wrong with my meter. Can you test it?
If you feel there is a problem with your meter, please contact our office.
# 4 - Frequently Asked Questions About Payment Due Date
What happens if I do not pay my bill by the due date?
A fee of 1.5 percent will be assessed on charges not received within 25 days of the billing date. Any charges not paid by the due date will be considered delinquent and subject to service interruption.
If you anticipate a difficulty in paying your bill on time, please contact our office at 775/962-5121 or 775/962-5121 or toll free 888/649-3814 prior to your delinquent due date. A review of your account will be completed to determine if we are able to extend your payment date.
How will I know if my service may be interrupted?
If payment is not received in full by the delinquent due date, then you will receive a disconnect notice. A disconnect notice may be sent by mail and/or an LCPD representative may leave the notice at your home or business.
If an LCPD representative leaves a notice, a field charge of $5 plus tax will be added to your bill. Failure to pay the identified amount by the date indicated on your written notice may result in a disconnection of electric service.
What is my cost to restore service?
If electric service is disconnected for non-payment, the full account balance plus a security deposit will be required prior to restoring your service. Service will be restored the next business day after payment in full has been received. A reconnect fee ranging from $25 to $125 plus tax will also be added to your next bill.
#5 - How To Find The District Office In Caselton
From Panaca: Take Highway 93 North toward Pioche. Turn left at the Caselton turn-off, Highway 320. Turn right at the Power Road, across from road to Pan American Mine.
Watch for the sign that says “Lincoln County Power District”.
#6 - How Do I Get My Free Light Bulbs?
Every Lincoln County Power District Customer is qualified to receive two CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs free each year. If you have not yet gotten your bulbs this year simply come into the office.
#7 - During an Outage
During any power interruption, immediately turn off or disconnect all major appliances (air-conditioner, dryer, washer, dishwasher, range). Also, disconnect any heavy-duty motors such as pool pumps or water heaters.
When the electricity comes back on, a sudden surge of power caused by the high demand for electricity could complicate and delay power restoration efforts. A second outage is more likely to occur if you do not turn off major appliances when an outage occurs.
Leave on just a few lights so you will know when power has been restored. Do not turn off the freezer or refrigerator as you might forget to turn them back on when power is restored.
Wait at least one minute after the power is restored before turning back on all equipment
Keeping Food Safe
The following information will help you keep food safe and fresh during an outage.
- Food will stay frozen about two days in a full freezer, if only half full, about one day.
- Keep the freezer door closed. Every time you open the freezer door, you let in warm air that will speed thawing.
- In the case of a prolonged outage, you may want to cover the freezer with blankets or quilts.
- Remember that pork, poultry, fish and hamburger, spoil quickly at temperatures above 40 degrees. Other quick spoiling foods include custards, creamed foods or any foods containing mayonnaise. Cooked meals and cured meats will keep for several days.
- Keep refrigerator door openings to a minimum.
- When power is restored, check foods for signs of thawing. Frozen foods that have maintained a temperature of 40 degrees or less for up to two days are usually safe. Meats with ice crystals still on them are also safe.
- Discard any food that is off-color or smells bad. Never taste foods to determine their condition. When in doubt, throw it out
Preparing meals during an outage can be difficult. Some tips that can help you feed your family are:
- Camp stoves, wood, coal; propane, kerosene, or oil stoves should only be used outdoors.
- Do not use charcoal briquettes as a fuel source indoors because they emit a large quantity of poisonous carbon monoxide. Maintain a dependable supply of nonperishable foods that do not have to be refrigerated.
- Remember to have a manual can opener on hand.
- Stock up on canned and dried foods for a quick and easy meal. Cereals, breads, dried and canned meats or fruits, powdered or canned milk, crackers, nuts, trail mix and peanut butter are some "no cook" possibilities. Meal-in-a-can foods, stews, soups, beans and vegetables require little heat for cooking.
- Use a thermos to keep liquids hot for an extended period of time.
- If your home wiring is protected by fuses instead of circuit breakers, please call an electrician for assistance.
- There are many variations in types and designs of fuse boxes. So, for safety's sake, it is a good idea to have instructions for your specific type.
- If you would like the name of a licensed electrician, please call us at 775/962-5121.
Resetting Your Circuit Breaker
- First, turn off lamps and appliances in use when the circuit goes out.
- Make sure your hands are dry and you are standing on a dry surface. Identify the breaker switch that is in (or toward) the "off" position. Turn it all the way to "off" and then to the "on" position.
- If the breaker tripped because there is something wrong with an appliance, be sure to have the necessary repairs made before using the appliance again.
- LCPD owns, and is responsible for electrical wiring up to and including your meter. You are responsible for the wiring beginning with your circuit breaker panel and continuing throughout your home. If wiring repairs are needed within your home, we recommend calling a licensed electrician.
Protect Sensitive Equipment
- Nearby lightning strikes can cause electrical voltage fluctuations. Some manufacturers recommend that you unplug sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, stereos, computers, etc.) that can be damaged by sudden changes in voltage.
- Surge suppressors can provide full-time protection for sensitive electronic equipment, but they are not foolproof. If you have sensitive equipment such as personal computers, microwave ovens, or VCRs, unplug them to protect against possible surges when the power is restored.
If You Leave Your Home
- If you leave your home during an electrical outage, double-check to make sure all heat-producing appliances, such as your range and iron, are unplugged.
Downed Power Lines
Always stay away from downed power lines; treat them as if they were energized. Never assume that a fallen wire is safe.
- The line could be energized, and it could energize the ground around it.
- Never try to remove someone trapped by a downed power line. When you see someone in need of help immediately, call 911.
- If a power line hits your car when you're in it, stay in the vehicle. Try to attract help by blowing the horn and remain calmly in the vehicle until help arrives.
Lightning creates a magnetic field that radiates out and can be picked up by electrical wires, even if it does not actually strike your home. Nearby lightning strikes can cause electrical voltage fluctuations.
- Some manufacturers recommend that you unplug sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, stereos, computers, etc.) that can be damaged by changes in voltage.
- Surge suppressers can provide full-time protection for sensitive electronic equipment, but they are not foolproof. Appliances, such as refrigerators and stoves, probably will be all right.
- During lightning storms, avoid taking a bath or shower or running water because metal pipes can conduct electricity. Also, stay off the telephone.
# 8 Frequently Asked Questions About Deposits
Am I required to pay a deposit?
If you are an existing customer transferring service, you may be required to pay a deposit. This is determined by your payment history over the past 12 months.
For new customers, LCPD now uses Online Utility Exchange to determine credit worthiness; deposits will be based on the results received. A deposit of $150.00 or an amount equal to two months average bill, for a location, whichever is higher is required for residential customers. For commercial or irrigation services, the deposit will be calculated depending on the type of service.
When will my deposit be applied to my account?
Your deposit will be retained until you have achieved 12 consecutive months of prompt payment history. Once good payment history is established, your deposit, plus interest, will be applied to your 13th month bill. If you disconnect service before your deposit is applied, it will be credited to your final bill and a check will be sent to you for any remaining credit.
Good payment history consists of
- No more than three late payments within 12 consecutive months
- No disconnections of service for non-payment within 12 consecutive months
- No returned checks in the last 12 months
Another utility company will waive my deposit if I provide my LCPD payment history.
How do I obtain an LCPD Letter of Credit?
You can call our office and we will be happy to provide a Letter of Credit by either fax or mail. Letters of Credit are not available for accounts that have been inactive for 2 years or more, customers with a delinquent bill and customers with closed accounts that were active for less than 6 months.
#9 - Frequently Asked Questions About Budget Billing
What is Budget Billing?
Budget Billing lets you pay about the same amount on your electric bill each month for budgeting purposes. It helps you balance your lower bills with the higher bills and have a predictable payment each month.
How can I tell if I am on Budget Billing?
Your monthly statement will say “Budget Customer – pay budget amount shown on stub”. Your budget payment due will be reflected in the payment due box on the payment stub of your statement. Your actual charges for the energy used during the current billing period are detailed on the top part of your statement.
Can I sign up for Budget Billing?
Yes, just call the office.
Is Budget Billing a special rate plan?
No, Budget Billing is not a special rate. You are still responsible for the total cost of the electricity that you use. You should continue to monitor your monthly usage and your actual energy costs provided on your monthly bills.
How is my Budget Billing payment calculated?
Your payment is calculated using last year’s usage history and spreading it over 12 months.
Why has my Budget Billing payment amount increased/decreased?
At the end of each year an annual settle-up for your Budget Billing account is done. The system will recalculate a new twelve-month average, plus or minus any credit or debit balance on your account. Your Budget Billing payment amount will change at that time.
How can I tell if I have a Budget Billing credit balance?
Your Budget Billing balance will be enclosed in parenthesis () if you have a credit, and will be listed as a credit balance on your statement. There will be no parenthesis, and your balance will be listed as a debit on your statement, if you have a debit balance on your account.
I have a credit balance on my account. Do I need to make a payment this month?
Yes. Budget Billing requires a payment every month, even when you have a credit balance on your account. This credit is factored in to your monthly payments, and is designed to cover energy costs during your higher energy use months.
What if my account credit balance does not look like it is big enough to cover my bills during the higher energy use months?
You can pay a little extra each month (as long as it is not an exact multiple of your Budget Billing payment amount). The extra dollars you pay will be applied to your Budget Billing balance.
If I have a balance at the end of the year, will I have to make an additional payment?
No. At the end of the year, your Budget Billing account is reviewed to make sure that your payment is inline with your actual energy costs. We add your balance to your 12 months of energy costs and then divide by 12 to determine a new Budget Billing payment amount.
How do I cancel Budget Billing?
Budget Billing participation is voluntary, and you may cancel at any time. Your Budget Billing balance is settled-up at the time of cancellation. If the cost of the energy you have used is greater than the amount you have paid in monthly Budget Billing payments, the difference will become due. If you have paid more in monthly payments than the cost of the energy you have used you will receive a credit on your bill.
To cancel Budget Billing, simply call the office.
Budget Billing balances are also settled-up if service is ended due to a move or if the account is removed from Budget Billing due to delinquent payments.
#10 - Bill Higher Than Normal - Estimated or Incorrect Meter Reads
At the end of every month each meter reader reads numerous meters each day. Mistakes are rare, but happen occasionally. LCPD has just recently started using radio meters on residential services. This makes the mistakes even rarer. Sometimes if the meter reader cannot see the meter, it will be an estimated read. In either case, the read will be corrected on the next actual reading of the meter.
The kilowatt-hour (kWH) reading on the meter is continuous. That way if an error is made on this month's read it will automatically be corrected next month.
For example: if the meter showed 14,000 kWh last month and it showed 15,000 this month, but the meter reader recorded it as 15,100 you would get a bill for 1,100 kWh instead of the 1,000 kWh it should have been. Next month the meter might show 16,000 and when that is recorded properly, you will be charged for only 900 kWh instead of the 1,000 kWh that was actually used. You always get charged for the difference between the current read and the last read. The meter does not reset to zero and start over each month.
Electric meters are extremely reliable and accurate devices. They have to be. There are hundreds of millions in use through out the world recording billions of dollars of electric sales each year. The quality control on these sensitive devices is extremely high.
Never the less, meters occasionally malfunction. Very few of the meters checked for suspected accuracy problems are found to be inaccurate. Of those, nearly all are found to read low. That is, they record less usage than actually occurred.
When meters are found to be malfunctioning LCPD will install a new meter.
Weather changes year to year and month to month. About half of the electricity in an all-electric home is used for heating and cooling which is directly affected by the weather. In the summer, weather may account for as much as 70% of the bill. So, when we get a month that is hotter than normal, expect the bill to be higher than normal.
When comparing bills month to month, or year to year, keep the weather in mind.
More people in the house
More people mean more electricity will be used. One extra person will use more hot water, lights, cooking, refrigerator energy, and air conditioning. One extra body creates more heat, opens more doors, and takes more showers.
If you do more entertaining than usual, you may also see an increase in the electric bill.
If the number of people in the house is the same but the people are different, it can change the electric use. Some people set the thermostat higher/lower, use more/less hot water, open doors more/less, etc. It makes a difference.
Do any of these apply to you?
- New baby joins family
- Student home from college
- House guests visit
- School's out and people home during day
- Retired and now people home during day
All can increase electric costs.
Changes in Lifestyle
Different work shifts, a new baby, and kids out of school for the summer, illness, getting older, retirement. These are a few of the things that can affect lifestyle. They can impact the amount of time spent at home, the number of times the door is opened, the setting on the thermostat, time watching TV, lights used, amount of cooking, number of showers. It all affects the amount of electricity used.
Appliances and "Phantom Energy" Use
"Instant on" plug-in electronic devices use small amounts of electricity when shut off at the on/off switch. Chargers for cell phones, digital cameras, power tools and other electronics draw energy when they are not in use. Appliances like televisions, computer monitors, and DVD players can also draw power whenever they are plugged into an outlet.
All together, "phantom energy" use can account for as much as 5 percent of a home's electricity use.
The best way to eliminate "phantom" electric consumption is to unplug the device from the wall receptacle or plugging multiple electronic devices - such as a TV, DVD player, and DVR, or a computer, monitor, and printer - into the same power strip and then turning off the power strip when not in use.
Checklist for Energy Efficient Consumption
There are many things you can do to keep your energy costs down. We have compiled some of the most things you can do to make sure you are using your energy wisely.
Check air conditioner/heat settings
Programmable thermostats are also a good idea for people who leave the house during the day in the summer and can tolerate a higher thermostat setting for their heat pump or air conditioner while they are away. By setting your thermostat back 3-5 degrees, you can save anywhere from 6-15 percent in cooling costs.
Keep air conditioner/heat on “auto” position to save energy
Adjusting your thermostat can bring substantial savings. During the winter, lowering your thermostat from 72 degrees to 68 degrees can decrease your heating costs by up to 15 percent. During the summer, raising your thermostat from 72 degrees to 79 degrees can decrease cooling costs by up to 18 percent.
If you want the most economical operation, set it on auto. If you want a stable, more even temperature and more comfort, set it on run.
Leaving the fan to run all the time mixes the air better and maintains a more even temperature throughout the house, but it costs more. If you can set the temperature up two degrees with the fan running all the time it is about a break even on the cost compared to running it on auto at two degrees cooler. If you have ceiling fans, you can get the same effect for less money by using them to distribute the air and running the air conditioner on auto.
Check air conditioner/heat pump filter, change monthly
Dramatically reduce allergens in your home and increase the life of your cooling system by keeping your air filter clean. A dirty filter on a heat pump can use excess auxiliary heat and drive up your electric bill.
Dirt is the biggest enemy of your air conditioner! Giving your air conditioning system a good electrostatic air filter is the best thing you can do for the unit. A good air filter will extend the life of your air conditioner and parts such as the blower assembly, cooling coil, and other inner parts. They will stay cleaner, which in turn helps the unit operate more efficiently and last longer.
Check for duct leaks to save money
About 50%of your annual electric bill is spent on running your heating and cooling system. You can save money by fixing the duct leaks.
- Make sure duct connections are securely fastened.
- Seal duct joints with a mastic sealant.
- Seal around poorly fitting or unsealed grills.
- Hire a trained, qualified air conditioning contractor to conduct an analysis of your system.
Make sure the baffle plate is in place
For those homes that have evaporative cooling, be sure to insert the baffle plate in the cooler, which will isolate the cooler. If you are not sure what to look for, the baffle plate looks like a flat cookie sheet. If you do not insert it properly, you will draw hot outside air through the evaporative cooler when the heat pump is operating. All evaporative cooler vents should be closed and sealed when you switch to the heat pump for maximum efficiency.
Keep the damper on your fireplace closed when not in use
If your home has a fireplace keep the damper closed tightly when there is no fire burning. Since heat rises, an open damper will allow heat and cool air to escape from your home causing the units to run more often to maintain a set temperature.
An open damper (or poorly sealed damper) can draw more air than needed for the combustion, and in turn will draw air up the chimney. As the large volume of air goes out the chimney, warm air from other areas will follow up the chimney as well. Whether you are in the heating or cooling season, it is important to understand the energy loss that can occur.
Sealing and insulation
A thorough job of caulking, weather stripping and insulating can significantly reduce your heating and cooling bills and make you much more comfortable. Some things you may want to consider:
- Caulk your home’s doors and windows.
- Weather strip doors to unheated/uncooled areas of your home such as the garage, crawl space, and attic.
- Wrap the air conditioning ducts with R-8 insulation and seal the seams with mastic. You can reduce your cooling cost by as much as 10 percent by insulating and tightening up ducts.
- Repair leaky faucets. This is especially important for hot water faucets. A leak of one drip per second on a hot water faucet can cost as much as $4 per month on your energy bill.
While it is important to seal leaks that you can see around doors and windows, do not forget the leaks you cannot see. There can be leaks in your AC /heating system air ducts that can have a bigger impact on your energy costs.
Energy-efficient water heating
Reduce Your Use: Here are ways to reduce hot water use and save on water and energy bills without sacrificing convenience.
- Faucet aerators on bath and kitchen faucets provide a smooth stream of water flow while cutting down water use by as much as 40%.
- Low-flow showerheads reduce the amount of hot water used for showering up to 50% while providing an invigorating spray. Older showerheads deliver 4 to 5 gallons of water per minute, while new showerheads deliver 2.5 gallons per minute or less.
- Dishwasher’s use of hot water account for about 80% of the energy required to run the appliance. Purchasing an energy efficient dishwasher with a booster heater will allow you to lower your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees F and still get a sterile wash. Dishwashers with water saver cycles can use about 20% less water.
- Clothes Washer’s use of hot water account for about 90% of the energy required to run the washer. Modern energy-efficient washers use less water for the same cleaning job. You can save by using cold or warm water for washing and cold for the rinse cycle. Washing only full loads or adjusting water level for smaller loads is always a good efficiency measure.
- Lower the thermostat setting on your water heater. By lowering your thermostat setting from 140 to 120 degrees you will save about 10% on your water heating energy cost while still having a comfortable water temperature for most uses. For sanitary reasons, a temperature setting below 120 degrees is not recommended. If you have a dishwasher, check the instruction manual to determine the appropriate water temperature required for proper operation. If it is not made to operate at temperatures below 140 degrees, do not lower the water heater thermostat.
- If the hot water from your hot water faucet initially comes out cold, you may benefit from insulating your hot water pipes. Uninsulated hot water pipes lose heat to the surrounding air when not in use, causing you to run the water longer than necessary to get hot water.
- Water heaters also lose heat to the surrounding air. Installing additional insulation on your water heater storage tank helps reduce heat loss and maintain water temperature without using more energy. If your heater is warm to the touch, it probably needs additional insulation. Adding an insulating blanket can reduce your water heater’s energy use by about 10%. Some manufacturers do not recommend insulation wraps, so check your owner’s manual.
A typical household spends about $300 per year for electric water heating. By practicing simple cost-effective efficiency measures, you could reduce your water heating bill by as much as 50%.
#11 - Be Prepared For An Outage
LCPD wants you to remain safe and comfortable during an electrical outage. There are things you can do now before an outage occurs to make it easier for you and your family to get through the outage.
Be prepared for outages all year during the summer months when wind and lightning storms are more likely to occur, and during winter months when snow and ice are present.
- Have several easy-to-find flashlights in familiar places throughout your home, and stock up on extra batteries.
- Candles can be fire hazards. Never place them near curtains or other flammable material. Never leave candles unattended in a room.
- A battery-operated radio should also be a part of your emergency equipment.
- If you have an electrically operated garage door opener, be sure to familiarize yourself with the owner's manual so you will be able to release the door when the power is off. If you don't have a manual, you may be able to obtain information by calling a contractor who installs your brand of door opener.
- Keep your automobile gas tank full.
- Maintain a supply of cash. Credit cards and ATM machines will not work if the power is out.
- Stock emergency food such as canned fruit, canned milk, peanut butter, crackers, energy bars, and canned soup.
- Store extra water if you know a storm is coming.
- Have your gas grill available for cooking year round.
- Place your portable generator outside, never in the house, garage, or basement.
- Make sure you have a corded phone available. Cordless phones will not work if power is off. Have an automobile battery charger adapter available to charge your cell phone.
- If someone in your household is on life support, plan ahead for an alternate source of power.
If you have any questions or need further information on power outage preparation, please do not hesitate to call our office.
#12 - Purchased Power Adjustment Rate
What is the purchased power adjustment rate? Rates charged by the Lincoln County Power District No. 1 for electric service are based upon the wholesale cost of power from the Boulder Canyon Project (Hoover Dam) and on the cost of supplemental power purchased from the wholesale power market. When power output from Hoover Dam is reduced for maintenance purposes or during periods of drought in the Colorado River basin, the Power District has to purchase more supplemental power to meet the needs of the Power District’s customers than included in its base rates. Under these conditions the Purchased Power Adjustment Clause is implemented to allow the Lincoln County Power District No. 1 to recover the additional cost of these supplemental power purchases.