Average bill would rise $4.65 a month

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The rate increase being requested by Pacific Power was filed with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in July. The commission regulates private, investor-owned utility companies in Washington.

Pacific Power is requesting a rate increase of $12.9 million, or 4.3 percent.

The company's request would raise the monthly bill of the average residential customer using 1,300 kilowatt hours per month by $4.65, for a yearly total of $107.73.

State regulatory staff have proposed cutting the initial request by more than two-thirds, saying they would support a 1.1 percent overall rate hike.

That proposal would mean a $1.33 increase for the average residential user of 1,300 kilowatt hours per month.

At that rate, the average total residential bill would be $104.41. Pacific Power would receive a revenue increase of $3.3 million annually.

The proposal also includes a 7-cent increase in the basic monthly service charge -- from $6 to $6.07 for Pacific Power customers. That rate would be paid by all customers regardless of the amount of electricity used.

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