Consumer Groups Oppose Rate Hike Request

Cheyenne, WY – Three consumer groups are opposing an electric rate increase proposed by Pacificorp. The power company wants to raise electric rates in Wyoming by nearly 42 million dollars a year. Pacificorp says it needs the increase because its risks have gone up over the past few years. But the Wyoming Industrial Energy Consumers, The state Consumer Advocates Office and A-A-R-P all argued that Pacificorp was seeking an unreasonably high rate of return. The Wyoming Public Service Commission is scheduled to hold hearings on the increase beginning January 26th.