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PUD passes 2013 budget; rates could rise in May

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Clallam County PUD commissioners recently adjourned their budget hearings with the passage of a resolution adopting the 2013 budget.

 

The budget assumes an electric rate increase of up to 3 percent, but that increase has not been finalized.

PUD General Manager Doug Nass said, “The adoption of this budget allows the PUD to keep with its mission and strategy to have stable rates.”

 

Stable rates means customers will not see a significant variance of rate changes from year to year, allowing customers and PUD to plan more effectively.

 

No official rate increase has been approved at this time because there is uncertainty about what the Bonneville Power Administration will do with its rates. BPA has indicated it will raise wholesale rates, effective October 2013, by about 8 percent.

 

In addition, BPA has reduced the amount of funding it provides utilities for conservation efforts, yet mandated conservation efforts by the PUD must be increased as a result of the Energy Independence Act. If a rate increase is enacted, it likely would not go into effect until May 2013.

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The 2013 budget also includes a 6-percent increase for PUD water users. The PUD commissioners approved a water rate increase effective January 2013. This rate increase is the third of a three-year increase at 6 percent each year.

 

The rate increases were approved in 2010. Water rate increases are generally implemented in three-year cycles.

 

There is no increase for sewer or telecom customers.

 

For more information about Clallam County PUD, visit www.clallampud.net.

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