Pacific Power would be allowed to raise rates by 2.41 percent effective March 31, under a recommendation by the staff of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.
Pacific Power had requested an 8.5 percent increase, plus additional money for power replacement, in part because of repairs planned at the Colstrip Power Plant in Montana.
The three-member commission, which is not bound by the staff recommendation, will make a final decision on the utility’s rate request early next year.
The commission staff recommended a tiered approach that would decrease bills for the average residential customer but increase rates for customers with higher energy use.
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Under the staff proposal the average residential customer using 1,300 kilowatt hours would see monthly bills decrease by $3.04 to $110.63. Residential customers using twice as much power would see their bills increase by $13.99 a month.