A 3 percent rate increase has been approved for Pacific Power starting April 1.
Among the communities served by Pacific Power are Burbank, Touchet, Prescott, Walla Walla, Dayton, Grandview and Sunnyside.
The average residential customer using 1,300 kilowatt hours per month will pay $3.71 more a month. That would increase the average monthly bill to about $116.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is allowing Pacific Power a $9.6 million total revenue increase. The utility had requested a $30.4 million revenue increase.
The commission rejected the utility’s request for an increase in the basic charge for residential customers. Pacific Power proposed raising the charge that all residential customers pay regardless of electricity used from $7.75 a month to $14 a month.