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Irrigators to pay more for power
April 13, 2006 By STEVE
KADEL H&N Staff Writer
The ruling goes into effect
Sunday and covers 1,400 Klamath Reclamation Project
irrigators and 700 off-Project irrigators. It's
intended to put them on rates similar to other
PacifiCorp irrigation customers after a seven-year
“We recirculate water and put in back into the system so it does not disappear,” said Steve Kandra, president of the Klamath Water Users Association. “The commission recognized the irrigating community has a valid assertion when we say we provide a benefit for the utility.”
Kandra said irrigators will
submit more hydrological data to the commission in
hopes of getting rate credits.
Oregon law requires the
total rate boost to unfold over seven years to give
irrigators time to adjust.
The phase-in will cause a
revenue shortfall of about $1.7 million, which will
be spread among PacifiCorp's other customers,
according to the utility commission.
“For the past few years we've worked with PacifiCorp, irrigators and others to achieve a fair and equitable rate,” she said. “We will continue to work through the (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) relicensing process to receive a fair rate.”
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