Pacific Power 14.16% rate increase proposal

(Exert from Rep. David Gomberg (D, HD10) newsletter, dated 5-23-22)

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The Oregon Public Utility Commission is hosting a virtual public comment hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. The event provides Pacific Power customers an opportunity to speak directly to the commissioners about the utility’s proposed increase to electricity rates.

Pacific Power is asking for an increase in its general rates of approximately $84.4 million or 6.8%. This would impact customer rates differently depending on usage and customer type — residential, business or industrial. For a residential customer using an average of 900 kWh per month, the increase would be $13.01 or 14.16% for single-family residential customers.

PacifiCorp’s general rate change request is undergoing a nearly year-long review and will be fully investigated on behalf of electricity customers by the PUC, the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board, and the Alliance of Western Energy Consumers. This public comment hearing is part of that investigation, which will conclude in December when the Commissioners rule on the request. New rates, if approved, are expected to go into effect January 1, 2023.

To participate using the Zoom platform, view the log-in details on the agenda, which can be found by clicking on this link.

Comments may be submitted through June 22 in the following ways:

  • By email to PUC.PublicComments@puc.oregon.gov
  • By calling 503-378-6600 or 800-522-2404 (all relay calls accepted; Spanish translation services available)
  • By mail: Attn: UE 399, Administrative Hearings Division, Public Utility Commission of Oregon, PO Box 1088, Salem, OR 97308-1088

Date: 2022-05-24 07:49

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