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Richland City Council Approves Increase in Electricity Rates

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- People who live in Richland will see a jump in their electricity bill starting in January.

Tonight, Richland's City Council approved a rate increase. The city's utility says they can't keep up with the rate increases they've seen from the Bonneville Power Administration, which supplies Richland's electricity.

The last time the city raised their power rates was back in 2004. The utility has reached into reserves to maintain rates recently, but now they say they need to raise rates to keep the lights on.

"We haven't raised rates when theirs have gone up but we're at the point now where we're basically not recovering anywhere near what we need to run the utilities through our rates," Richland Energy Services Director Bob Hammond says.

Residential customers will see an increase of 9%, but businesses and other customer classes will see up to a 20% increase. The electricity rate increases will start on January 1st.