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Electricity Bills Could Be on the Rise

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- A bill in the state Senate could send your utility bill even higher.

If the state House has their way you just may see your wallets a little lighter.

The Senate is mulling over a bill that would stop the state's utilities from buying any more power plants, unless they can capture excess greenhouse gas emissions.

It's part of an effort to prevent global warming.

Under the same terms, utilities also couldn't contract with out of state producers.

If it passes, the only way to combat the changes might be a raise in rates.

"This is going to be another hit to the ratepayers because it's going to limit the amount of supply, well once you start limiting the amount of supply, you know, any common sense will tell you that that drives up the price," said State Senator Jerome Delvin of Richland.

After voters passed I-937, this would be the second hit to utilities in the last few months.

If this bill passes the Senate, the Governor is the only one standing in the way of the new regulations.