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Commission Schedules Open Houses on PacifiCorp Rate Increase Request
February 9, 2005 (2005 - 002)
 
Contacts:  Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, Or. - The Oregon Public Utility Commission will hold Open House events in four Oregon cities this month to hear from the public and provide information regarding a proposal by PacifiCorp to increase electric rates later this year.
 
November 12, 2004 the company filed a request with the Commission for a general overall rate increase of 12.5 percent. The company says the increase is needed to recover rising costs for insurance, pension funding and health care, among other costs.
 
A residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month would see a monthly bill increase of $5.85 if this rate increase is approved. Most businesses would see increases of 18 percent to 25 percent.
 
Members of the Commission Staff, PacifiCorp and customer groups will be available to answer questions and receive comments from the public.
 
Open Houses will be held in Bend, Portland, Klamath Falls and Medford at from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates and locations.
 
February 28, 2005
Central Oregon Community College
Boyle Education Center, Room 151
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
 
March 9, 2005
University of Portland
Hall of Fame Room
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203
 
March 15, 2005
Klamath County Fairgrounds (New Location)
Exhibit Hall # 2
3531 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
 
March 16, 2005
Girl Scouts of Winema Council, Inc.
2001 N. Kenneway Drive
Medford, OR 97504
 
 
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