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Public comments sought on power rate hike proposal

What do you think about Pacific Power's rate increase proposal?

The state's Utilities and Transportation Commission wants to know during a public hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, in Yakima.

Pacific Power is requesting a 4.3 percent hike in utility rates, while Commission staff members are recommending a 1.1 percent increase.

The three-member Utilities and Transportation Commission, which is not bound by the staff recommendation, will this spring make a final decision on the rate increase request.

New rates, if approved, would take effect in May.

The hearing in Yakima will be tomorrow, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Yakima City Council chambers at 129 N. Second St.

The public may also provide written comments to:

UTC

P.O. Box 47250

Olympia, WA 98504

Comments can be sent to the commission via e-mail at comment@utc.wa.gov or by calling toll-free 1-888-333-9882.

The commission's deadline for accepting public comments is March 30.

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