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Hike could break farmers
January 28, 2006 By STEVE
KADEL H&N Staff Writer
“There clearly will be
people who will go broke, both here and in
California,” said Edward Bartell, president of the
Klamath Off-Project Water Users.
An acre-foot is the amount of water it would take to cover one acre of land one-foot deep.
“The 131,000 acre-feet per
year of quantified increased supply produced from
off-Project lands produces an average of
approximately 81,000 megawatt-hours per year of
electrical energy at PacifiCorp's hydropower
facilities located on the Klamath River downstream
of Keno,” Rozaklis told the PUC.
Bartell mentioned a Basin
farmer whose annual electricity bill has been
$17,000 under the current contract. His power costs
would go to $100,000 under the rate structure sought
by PacifiCorp, Bartell said.
“We are very disturbed by
what happened to the on-Project users,” Bartell
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