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Pacific Power prepares irrigators for rate hike
The mock bills are in the mail.
Contracts between Klamath Reclamation Project
irrigators and the power company that keep power
prices down to about a half a cent per kilowatt
hour expire next spring and company officials say
they will likely increase tenfold.
Irrigators should have gotten the mock bills and a
letter explaining the situation Wednesday or they
will get them today, he said.
That tariff is about 6 cents, Coney said.
A mock bill provided by Pacific Power to the
Herald and News was for a hypothetical customer
with a 60-horsepower irrigation pump. It showed
power costs going up by about ten times.
Pacific Power's predecessor, COPCO, made the
contracts that provided for fixed reduced rates
for irrigators in the Basin.
Irrigators have known the end of the contracts,
and possible ensuing increase in rates, have been
coming for years.
The Klamath Water Users Association has had a
committee working on the issue for close to a
decade and its members say they still hold out
hope at getting new contracts that continue a
reduced rate. Their last resort is to try to get
the public to vote for a public utility district
that could control the costs of power to
"We have a responsibility to prepare folks for
this," he said. "That's all we can do at this
The company continues to work with the water
users, as well with the Klamath Off-Project Water
Users, a group that represents irrigators who
aren't in the Project and have a separate contract
they say doesn't have an expiration date, to find
ways to manage the change, according to the
On the Net: pacificpower.net
To field questions about how power bills for Klamath Basin irrigators could be going up in a year, PacifiCorp has set up a hotline. The line is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (800) 715-9238
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