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PUD employees using extra power, but you're not paying for it

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Recent rate increases by Benton PUD have upset some people, and one of our viewers was shocked when he discovered some of their employees using extra power in the utility's own parking lot.

Employees with diesel trucks hook them up to outlets, which in short keeps their engine blocks warm while they sit.  Now a viewer is asking if that cost is coming out of his bill?

"I just can't understand why they're allowed to do that when they keep raising the rates," says John Armstrong, concerned viewer.

NBC Right Now discovered 19 employees use the sockets, and they each pay $10 a year.  A Benton PUD rep says it covers 100% of the costs.

"It has no impact on our bottom line," says Karen Miller, Benton PUD Communications.

Miller also says these employees are the ones who must go to work at anytime and in any weather to fix outages, so they must be able to use their trucks at anytime.

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