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Benton PUD Rate Credit Increases

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- Leaders of Benton PUD want you to know about some changes on your power bill this month and your going to like them.

This month and for the next few months you will be getting an extra credit. The Benton PUD will be putting a nine percent credit from the Bonneville Power Administration. This is part of the proposed $257 million they agreed to pay all the public utility companies in the Northwest.
Last May the US circuit court ruled the BPA failed to share access to the low-cost hydropower in our region. The credit has been put on all their customers power bills since June, but this month they are increasing it.

"To an average customer who has a bill about $90 a month it means $6 to $8 each month of a credit on the bill. This credit is only temporary and will stop at the end of May," said Karen Miller, Benton PUD spokesperson.

Benton PUD received eight million from the BPA which has all gone back to customers. They have about 45,000 customers. About 40 percent of those are residential so this credit will help with rising energy costs for a few more months.