A couple of weeks ago I was with the mill manager of a local coop. He had just come from a meeting with his electricity supplier. The purpose of the meeting was to talk thru the implications of an upcoming 20% rate hike to the mill. Were there things in the mill that could be done to lower the consumption of electricity?
When you combine a 20% electric rate increase with the continued high cost of diesel fuel it suggests toll mills will be forced to raise their grind/mix/deliver fees. Some may accomplish this by an across the board increase while others will do it with existing contracts and fuel surcharges to the bill.
How much of an increase you’ll end up seeing will vary depending on the electric supplier’s rate structure and your facility distance from the mill, but it appears that a 10+% increase in grind/mix/delivery fees will be common this summer.