Low Water, High Bills 

Keeping your home cool this summer may cost more if Idaho Power gets the rate increase it wants. Customers have until May 14 to comment on the proposal to raise electric rates 11 percent for residential customers.

The increase would add roughly $6.41 to the bill of an average customer who uses 1,050 kilowatts per month.

Idaho Power blames this winter's low snowpack for the need to increase rates, since less snow means less water to turn the turbines in hydroelectric dams. The company says the rate hike would last one year.

Last year, when the state had an above-average snow pack, rates dropped roughly 19 percent.

Public comments can be sent by visiting the Idaho Public Utilities Commission Web site at www.puc.idaho.gov, and clicking on the Comments and Questions link. The case number needed to enter comments is IPC-E-07-10.

Comments can be mailed to P.O. Box 3720, Boise, ID 83720, or faxed to (208) 334-3762.

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