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Pacific Power Attempts to Increase Rates


YAKIMA, Wash. -- Pacific Power submitted a request to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on Wednesday, for permission to raise its rates.

Pacific Power cites "rising costs of serving customers" as the reason for the request.

If the commission grants the request, the rates would increase by 14.6%, resulting in $34.9 million in additional revenue for Pacific Power. The changes would take effect in January 2009.

Approximately 125,000 customers are served by Pacific Power. The average customer in Washington uses about 1,300 kilowatt-hours per month. Based on that number, the average customer's power bill would increase by $10 each month.