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Clallam PUD passes budget, assumes electricity rate increase

December 12th, 2012 - 6:48am

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam PUD has passed its budget for next year.

And it assumes electricity rates could go up another three percent.

PUD commissioners approved the budget earlier this week, but the rate issue is still unsettled.

PUD general manager Doug Nass says there is uncertainly about the Bonneville Power Administration's plans for its wholesale rates.

BPA has indicated it will raise wholesale rates, effective October 2013, by approximately 8%.

Nass says if a local rate increase is enacted, it likely would not go into effect until next May.

Nass says the PUD is trying to keep rates stable year to year by adopting a strategy of lower increases over time rather than larger increases whenever the BPA increases rates, usually every other year.

PUD water customers will see a six percent increase effective the first of the year. This is the last of three, six-percent increases added each year.

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