Why has Benton PUD created a separate policy for EIL customers?

EIL customers have unique attributes that are different from typical residential and commercial customers:
 
  • The equipment used by EIL customers may be more mobile in nature, making it easier to relocate to an area where electricity costs are lower.
  • EIL customers may be compensated in the form of cryptocurrency, which has experienced extreme value volatility.
  • EIL customers tend to have very energy-intensive loads.  Significant account balances can be incurred very quickly, even in a small space or area.    
The policy attempts to address these differences by establishing parameters for EIL customers that balances stewardship and fiscal responsibility for all of the District’s customers while offering cost-effective and reliable service to EIL customers.