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UTC staff recommend majority of proposed electric rate increase

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Regulatory staff for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) have recommended approval of more than half of Pacific Power's rate increase request.

 Last May the power company that serves Yakima asked for a $56.7 million increase. The recommendation released Tuesday suggests a change that would bring in an additional $33 million a year.

For the average Pacific Power customer, their bill would go up by $13.10 to $103.34 a month. The monthly service charge would change from $6 to $7.50 and the customer contribution to the lower-income bill assistance program would rise nine cents to $.55 a month. That change would help 245 new customers receive service.

The UTC is collecting feedback and so far has 106 comments from customers. Three are undecided but the rest are opposed to the increase. Comments are still being collected and can be sent to P.O. Box 47250 Olympia, WA 98504 or emailed to comment@utc.wa.gov as well as by phone, 1-888-333-9882. They must be received by Jan. 18, 2011.

A public meeting is planned for Thursday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Parker Room of YVCC's Yakima campus on 1015 S. 16th Ave.

The three commissioners are not required to follow staff recommendations. Their decision will come next spring and if approved, the increase takes effect on April 3.