PacifiCorp, which roughly half a million customers (pdf) in Oregon might recognize as Pacific Power, has requested a 9.1 percent increase in rates. The last time the company raised rates was in 2007, when monthly charges went up five percent. PGE’s 810,000 Oregon customers (pdf) will see a 2.3 percent increase in rates if the company’s request is granted. The increase will be offset by lower power costs, however, and may be negligible according to company spokesman Steve Corson.
If PacifiCorp or PGE supply power to your home or business, what would a rate increase mean for you? Do you work in the electricity industry? What will happen if the Public Utility Commission doesn’t approve raised rates? What is the price of renewable energy and who should be responsible for taking on those costs?
- Pat Egan: Vice president of customer and public affairs for Pacific Power, a subsidiary of PacifiCorp
- Bob Jenks: Executive director of the Citizen’s Utility Board
- Steve Corson: Spokesman for Portland General Electric
- Michael Early: Executive director of Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities
NOTE: In the interest of full disclosure, PacifiCorp is an underwriter of OPB.