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Oregon officials to talk power rates
March 9, 2005
The Oregon Public Utility Commission will hold a
public meeting in Klamath Falls next week to
discuss proposed power rate increases for
customers of Pacific Power, including residential,
commercial and agricultural users.
The meeting described as an open house will run
from 6 to 8 p.m. in the blue exhibit building on
the Klamath County Fairgrounds.
Officials will be on hand to answer questions
about both issues, said Bob Valdez, spokesman for
the commission. There will also be company
officials and other groups with booths at the
There's no list of speakers or agenda. Instead, a
cluster of officials and stakeholders in the
issues will appear before the commission.
The open house is one of four the commission is
holding about the rate change around the state.
One was held Feb. 28 in Bend. Another is today in
Portland and one is slated for Wednesday in
The increase would help cover operating costs,
including fuel, pensions and health care,
according to the company. If the PUC approves the
increase, the overall impact to customers would be
6.7 percent, because of changes in surcharges.
"When that contract expires, all indications are
that they will move to the standard irrigation
tariff," said Jon Coney, company spokesman.
Scott Seus, a Tulelake farmer and a committee
member, said the water users should have a booth
at the open house, explaining their side of the
"It's a sounding board and an opportunity to be heard," he said.
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