Electric bill rate decreases could be in store for Utah, though proposed changes in PacifiCorp's rate case may leave some Utahns with more to pay each month.
PacifiCorp, the parent company of Utah Power, has proposed to decrease the number of rate options for irrigators to work with, reported Margo Ho-vingh, rate engineer for the state Committee of Consumer Services, at a meeting Friday.Utahns who irrigate currently have four rate options from which to choose.
Other proposed changes increase the residential use rates from 98 cents to $4 a month. Also, billing for house calls, or visits made by PacifiCorp workers to fix electric problems, is proposed to increase from $37 a visit outside of normal business hours to $75 a visit, said Hovingh.
The Public Service Commission, under which the committee operates, is conducting an investigation into the reasonableness of PacifiCorp's rates. Public hearings are scheduled for this fall.
The electric conglomerate has also filed a revenue request for approval with the PSC, reported Dan Gimble, senior econ-omist for the committee.