REC announces a rate increase likely due to supply increases

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) announced in an email to its member owners that a rate increase may be necessary.

Due to a significant increase in the cost of electricity the cooperative receives to deliver to its member owners the cost is likely to increase.

These increases have been caused by the ongoing supply chain issues and spike in the cost of fuel used to generate your electricity.

As a result as of August 1 you may see an additional 10 to 16 percent increase based on your usage and rate.

The change will be reflected in the power cost adjustment line item on your bill and is directly related to the increase in supply cost.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to REC at 1-800-552-3904.

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SNP raises rates on certain activities in the park

In a social post from the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) it was announced that the new rates for certain activities will go into effect immediately.

Back in August the SNP asked for input from the public on certain rates being raised.

Over all the almost 400 respondents to the survey were supportive of the increases.

The entry fee into the park will not change with these increases.

There are certain activities that will be affected by the increase.

The activities affect include overnight camping at all campgrounds the price will raise to $30 with group over night camping up to $75.

These are the first increases for camping at the park since 2007.

The monies generated from the increases will be used to provided improved services for park visitors as well as contribute to the protection of the Shenandoah’s natural and cultural resources according to park Superintendent Patrick Kenney.

Look for additional information soon on the park moving forward with plans for purchasing a ticket to hike the Old Rag area as well.

A Back Country Hiking permit fee will also be implemented with an online system to be developed.

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