Rates for private utilities in Arizona, like Brooke and EPCOR, are based on actual costs and capital investments that occurred at a past point in time. The rates in effect today for Brooke customers date back to 1992, nearly 30 years ago.
In 2017 Brooke filed an application to update rates – that application was put on hold by the ACC while a transfer of ownership was explored. In 2019, Brooke's rate application was combined with EPCOR's request to acquire and, in October 2019, the proposed rates in Brooke's application were updated.
The application filed by Brooke and EPCOR in May 2019 includes two proposed rate scenarios for the ACC to consider. The first proposal would integrate Brooke into EPCOR's existing Havasu district and rate structure, phased in over a two-year period, helping to fund infrastructure improvements that the Brooke system still needs to ensure safety and reliability for its customers.
EPCOR's Havasu customers will see no changes to their rates.
The second scenario shows the impact to customers' monthly bills if Brooke is not acquired by EPCOR, as well as future increases to rates that would be necessary to fund the same critical infrastructure improvements.