Port Angeles: Power costs could rise 141%

PORT ANGELES — The average city electricity customer could see their bill go up by almost $100 a month if the Bonneville Power Administration enacts 250 percent wholesale rate increases this fall, city officials said Tuesday.

The figures released before the City Council were “very rough, preliminary calculations,”‘ said Glenn Cutler, public works and utilities director.

But they are the first estimates the city has put forward following a Bonneville Power Administration announcement earlier this month of possible 250 percent wholesale increases.

A Bonneville increase of that amount would result in an estimated 141 percent retail rate increase for Port Angeles customers, Cutler said. The average customer paying $69 a month for electricity would see that cost rise to $166.

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