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Here's a Jolt

November 06, 1996|CHRIS KRAUL | TIMES STAFF WRITER

The price of electricity varies wildly in the West, and Southern Californians have been on the short end of the kilowatt. One expected entry in the power market here, Oregon-based PacifiCorp, illustrates the benefits of deregulation--and the challenge facing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison.

As the accompanying chart illustrates, DWP's industrial power rates are 42% higher than Edison's and 155% more than those of PacifiCorp.

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Average 1995 Retail Electricity Rates

(cents per kilowatt-hour)

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DWP Edison PacifiCorp Residential: 9.68 12.60 6.10 Commercial: 8.79 10.77 5.42 Industrial: 8.79 6.20 3.44

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Source: Fitch Investors Service

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