Springfield Utility Board may vote to increase power rates

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Springfield Utility Board may vote to increase power rates Wednesday.

An SUB spokesperson says the board has two rate hike options: a 3-percent rate will increase the average residential bills $.75 or a 4.6-percent rate would increase rates by nearly $3.

SUB says the rates are due to an increase by the Bonneville Power Administration.

"The reason they're raising rates is because those rates make up about 66% of our rate -- that gets passed along to our customers," said SUB spokesperson Meredith Clark. "We absorb what we can, but essentially when you have a rate increase at a certain size, then we need to pass it along."

Clark says it is likely the board will increase electrical rates.

The last time SUB increased rates was in 2013.

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