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Court ruling to increase Yakima power bills

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YAKIMA, Wash -- Get ready to pay more for electricity.

The Bonaville Power Administration informed six Northwest investor-owned utilities, including Pacific Power, that due to the uncertainty created by the recent Ninth Circuit Court ruling, BPA must suspend payments that reduce rates for their residential and small farm customers.

For the last 30 years, the Federal government has subsidized power bills in the Columbia River Valley. A judge recently rule that the $300 million a year subsidy violates federal law, and must stop.

As a result, Pacific Power customers in Yakima should expect to pay ten to fifteen dollars more a month on their electricity bill.

Power officials are hopeful that the dispute will be resolved, but not before warm summer weather begins.