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Power rate talks to go until April
August 17, 2005
The parties involved with
talks about a potential rate increase agreed last
week to keep the discussion going until April, when
a 50-year contract between the power company and
irrigators is set to expire, according to the Oregon
Public Utility Commission.
The decision to keep the
talks going until April comes after legislation by
Oregon lawmakers that would phase in PacifiCorp's
proposed tenfold increase over seven years, rather
than allow it to happen at once.
"We certainly agree to that," he said.
The discussion is mostly
between the irrigators and PacifiCorp, and is taking
place in hearings before the PUC and through
PUC officials had said in
June that the two issues would be decided at the
same time, with the decision to come out by Sept.
12. But now the Klamath issue will wait until the
spring, while the general rate hike will be decided
by Oct. 4.
Many of the issues
concerning the proposed rate increase are still up
in the air, said Jon Coney, PacifiCorp spokesman.
The legislation means that a rate increase would
come slower than company officials had planned if
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