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Tri-City Electricity Rates Go Down While Americans Across the Country See Increases

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - If you live in the Tri-Cities your electricity rates could be going down despite the fact Americans across the country are seeing an increase.

Benton PUD said hydropower is saving people in Washington money.

Snowstorms and heavy rains have caused coal shortages around the world which could effect electricity rates for those who use coal as a main source, but in Washington we use hydropower.

Benton PUD leaders say local customers have actually seen their bills go down and they're getting credit on their bills starting June first.

The Manager of Communication for Benton PUD Karen Miller said for the next year the average customer will receive about 70 dollars in credit because of an overpayment to Bonneville Power.  

Miller said, "Benton PUD gets about 87 percent of it's electricity from hydropower and this power is inexpensive, clean, renewable power that we are very proud of and lowers rates are pushed to our customers."

In Franklin County, the PUD Board of Commissioners recently approved a four percent rate decrease effective May first.

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