State regulators approve 12 percent rate hike for Pacific Power

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State regulators today approved a 12 percent rate hike for Pacific Power customers.

The increase -- about two-thirds of what the utility had requested from the state Utilities and Transportation Commission -- means a typical customer using 1,300 kilowatt-hours a month will see an increase of $11.26, bringing the monthly bill to $105.30.

Regulators, however, rejected a request to raise the monthly service charge, which all customers pay regardless of usage, from $6 to $9.

Of the 297 public comments received by the commission, only one was in favor, five were neutral or undecided and 291 were opposed.

Pacific Power is a division of Portland-based PacifiCorp and is owned by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. of Des Moine, Iowa. About 130,000 customer are served by the company in Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, Kittitas and Yakima counties.

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