The Snowmass Surcharge, officially known as the Snowmass Local Government Underground Surcharge, was implemented in May of 2006 as a result of a local government mandate requiring Holy Cross Energy to reduce the visual impacts of an electric power transmission and distribution improvement project for the Snowmass Village area. The government mandate allows Holy Cross to recover over $7.6 million of additional costs incurred reducing the visual impact of the improvement project.
The electric transmission and distribution improvements were necessary to relieve an overloaded power system and meet the future electrical power needs of the region. The system was originally proposed to be built above ground in or near the Brush Creek Valley at Holy Cross's expense. However, the Town of Snowmass and Pitkin County governments mandated that the new transmission line be installed underground and the new substation be installed inside a bam-like structure. The $22 million project was completed in early 2006.
The Snowmass Surcharge area includes Holy Cross consumers in the Town of Snowmass Village, Brush Creek Village, and within a geographical area generally described as lying between Snowmass Village and Highway 82 and between Wildcat Road and Owl Creek Road. The surcharge appears on affected Holy Cross consumer's monthly billing statements labeled as "Local Gov UG Charge".
Annual Surcharge History
The annual Snowmass Local Government Underground Surcharge is charged as a percentage of the consumers electric charges.
- May 2015 through April 2016 - 8.067%
- May 2014 through April 2015 - 8.025%
- May 2013 through April 2014 - 8.322%
- May 2012 through April 2013 - 8.321%
- May 2011 through April 2012 - 8.782%
- May 2010 through April 2011 - 8.611%
- May 2009 through April 2010 - 9.754%
- May 2008 through April 2009 - 9.121 %
- May 2007 through April 2008 - 9.903%
- May 2006 through April 2007 - 11.477%