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Cost of gas goes down, electricity goes up

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YAKIMA, Wash - You might be paying less at the gas pump but soon you could be paying more for electricity.

Pacific Power is asking the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for a rate increase.   They would like to raise the price of power for consumers by about ten percent a year

The need for this increase is driven primarily by rising energy costs, and medical expenses for its employees

Clark Satre of Pacific Power says the last increase was about three years ago, in 2004.

"Back then you cold fill your vehicle for about a dollar a gallon," said Satre. "So operating cost have gone up.. Like they have for a lot of other folks. The cost of producing power has gone up."

The public hearing will be held at Walla Walla Community College on Friday, March 2, 2007 at 4p.m in conference room A.

Walla Walla Community College is at 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, Wa 99362-9267