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Benton PUD to Raise Rates

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Kennewick, Wa - The Benton Public Utility District's string of rate cuts is coming to an end.

PUD spokeswoman Karen Miller says rising wholesale prices for hydro-electric power, wind energy and other renewable energy sources will lead to a rate increase.

"We're doing everything we can to mitigate the raise in power costs, but we're looking at a rate increase in the next year or so."  

Miller says the PUD hasn't determined yet how much the rate increase will be.

The PUD has had five consecutive rate decreases.