YAKIMA -- Pacific Power shouldn't receive the 4.3 percent rate increase the investor-owned utility is seeking, according to a recent staff recommendation issued to the state Utilities and Transportation Commission.
The commission, which is not bound by the staff proposal, is expected to make a final decision this spring.
A rate increase is scheduled to take effect in May.
Pacific Power filed for the rate increase -- which would be its fifth since 2007 -- in July, seeking an additional $12.9 million in revenue.
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As proposed, the increase would add $4.65 to the average residential customer's current bill of $103.08 per month.
The average residential customer uses 1,300 kilowatt-hours of electricity monthly.
According to the staff recommendation, the commission should approve a 1.1 percent increase, generating an additional $3.3 million in revenue. An increase at that level would add $1.33 to a customer's bill.
The basic charge would rise from $6 to $6.07 per month under the staff proposal.
The commission approved a 12 percent rate increase for Pacific Power that went into effect in April of last year.