February 15, 2017 | Vol. 138 No. 7

PUD bills rise with falling temperatures

Many Goldendale residents have been feeling this winter in their wallets, particularly from higher than average utility bills. KPUD General Manager Jim Smith says many customers are paying twice as much or more than they would in an average winter.

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But though rates did increase by three to four percent last year, that alone can’t account for doubled utility bills. Instead, he points to our long, cold winter. “When temperatures go down, usage goes up. And it’s stayed high longer [this winter].”

Based on preliminary numbers, Smith said the peak load for the utility increased from approximately 84 megawatts to 92: “about a 10 percent increase in the amount of power we were distrib...

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