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Klamath Dams: Surcharge Rolled Out

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“As of Jan. 10, Pacific Power customers in Northern California will begin seeing the company’s new dam removal surcharge on their bills, a press release from the utility company announced.
“The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) notified the company on Jan. 3 that the trust accounts to receive the Klamath dam removal surcharge proceeds from Pacific Power’s approximately 45,000 customers in Northern California have been established,” the release began.
The company said it began applying the surcharge to bills on Jan. 10. The charge will be prorated during the first billing cycle, which means that if a customer’s billing cycle closes on Jan. 15, they will be charged for a five-day portion of the approximately 2-percent increase. The company said the average residential customer will see an increase of about $1.61 monthly.
The surcharge is to cover PacifiCorp’s capped share of the total cost of dam removal under the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA), which the company signed with more than 40 environmental, agricultural and tribal organizations in February 2010.
The agreement would lead to the removal of four of the company’s dams on the upper Klamath River in 2020. Three of the dams are in Siskiyou County (Iron Gate, Copco I and Copco II), where the Board of Supervisors has repeatedly voiced its opposition to the action. One dam – J.C. Boyle – is in Klamath County, Ore.
Under the KHSA, PacifiCorp’s customers will cover the first $200 million of dam removal costs through collection of the surcharge. Any costs over $200 million would be covered by the state of California, up to an additional $250 million. The current estimate of the likely cost, according to the Department of the Interior, is approximately $297 million.”

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