Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | 2:48 p.m.
CARSON CITY — A vote lowering the basic service charge for NV Energy customers in Northern Nevada turned out to be a hollow victory after the utility said it would raise its fee for electricity to make up the difference.
The state Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 earlier this week to lower a previous increase in the basic service charge from $17.50 to $15.25 a month for some 210,000 residential customers.
But Faye Anderson, a spokeswoman for utility, said the decrease would be offset by an increase in the per-kilowatt-hour fee for electricity.
“It’s a matter of collecting the same amount of revenue but just differing amounts from different buckets,” she said.
The hike, increasing the average power bill by 3 percent, took effect Jan. 1.