As large consumers of electricity and natural gas, mining companies are affected significantly by utility rates and policies. As retail electric customers of their local utilities, mines take service at an industrial class level, often receiving electricity at transmission voltage. When the local utility seeks an increase in rates or a change in its rate design, industrial customers like mines may be allocated more costs and correspondingly higher rates on the theory that they can bear the increase more easily than residential customers.
Our attorneys have a long history of successfully assisting mining companies in rate cases, resource planning, and energy efficiency proceedings of their utilities before state regulatory agencies. With extensive experience in public utility regulation, our firm is able to help large electricity users like mines keep their energy costs stable and predictable through participation in the rate-setting process. Clients rely on our attorneys’ experience with utilities companies to ensure they receive fair rates, and remain in compliance with energy usage requirements.
- Represent mining interests in rate-making cases successfully asserting that they should not be allocated any of the costs of the utility’s electric or natural gas distribution systems because they take service at the electric transmission voltage level or purchase only gas transportation service, without needing the utility’s end-use distribution system.
- Represent mining clients in their resource planning/acquisition, advocating for the least cost mix of electric generation resources limiting the rate impacts on their operations.
- Represent mining operations in evaluating efficiencies and identifying steps in production processes where a utility’s demand side management and energy efficiency programs can be an advantage to the mining company’s utility bills.