Rates charged by Rolla Municipal Utilities are in line with what other cities are charging, according to a comparative rate study presented at the Board of Public Works meeting Tuesday afternoon.

“By ordinance, we are required to put together rate information and present it to the City Council once a year,” General Manager Rodney Bourne told the board at its monthly business meeting held at the Tucker Professional Centre.

Bourne gave the board a quick look at what he will show the council at one of the May meetings.

The residential cost for 700 kWh is $75.10 per month. For 1,300 kWh it is $127.90 per month and for 2,000 kWh it is $186 per month. Those were the charges in 2011, 2012 and will remain that way at least until October of this year.

Bourne looked at 11 other cities, plus five rural cooperatives and the large privately owned utility, Ameren.

Intercounty Electric Cooperative, which serves the rural area outside Rolla as well as about 500 customers within the city limits, is assumed by many Rolla residents to be less expensive than RMU. Bourne’s report, though, shows Intercounty charges $85.11 at the 700 kWh level, $135.47 at the 1,300 kWh level and $194.23 at the 2,000 kWh level.

Ameren, a private enterprise, charges $93.96 in the summer and $70.65 in the winter for 700 kWh, $167.61 in the winter and $109.47 in the summer for 1300 kWh and $253.53 in the summer and $153.18 in the winter for 2,000 kWh.

Winter rates cover eight months, while summer rates cover four months, Bourne said.

Ameren was charging $66.01, $107.41 and $154.84 at the three kWh levels in 2011.

The rates compare RMU with the rates charged in other nearby MoPEP (Missouri Public Energy Pool) cities: Hermann, Lebanon, Waynesville and St. James.

Rates at Waynesville, for instance, in 2013 are $80.95 for 700 kWh, $127.80 for 1,300 kWh and $193.05 for 2000 kWh.

Bourne also took at look at the former Sho-Me Power cities, now served by the Missouri Joint Municipal Utility Electric Commission: Sullivan, Cuba, Houston, Newburg, Richland, Salem and St. Robert.

St. Robert residents pay $80.04 at the 700 kWh level, $129.24 at the 1,300 kWh level and $186.64 at the 2,000 kWh level.

Rates paid in some of the smaller communities are lower, but Bourne cautioned that a comparative rate study must keep in mind the services rendered as well as the kWh cost.

Not all cities offer 24-hour service, nor do they have tree-trimming service.

“You have to compare services as well as rates,” he said. “I’ll be presenting this information to the City Council in mid-May.”