Pacific Power has requested an overall rate increase of 4.6% which, if approved by the Public Utility Commission would become effective for customers in January 2014.
The PUC is planning an open house to gather public input in Pacific Power's service area in southern Oregon but according to spokesman Bob Valdez there will be no such opportunity for North Coast residents to comment in person to the commission. Valdez sugggests that those who wish to comment use the PUC on line comment box HERE
The Citizens Utility Board, a non-profit organization formed to represent utility ratepayers in Oregon typically is critical of Pacific Power rate increases. Executive Director Bob Jenks commented "This is the latest in a series of rate hikes imposed by Pacific Power. This is just one of 4 rate hikes over a 2 year period of time. CUB is very concerned with customers ability to pay these costs and will be scrutinizing their proposal."
CUB has pointed to what it considers some poor spending decisions by Pacificorp, the parent company of Pacific Power as the reason for the frequent rate increases.