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Electricity rate changes backed

June 25, 2008|David Zahniser

A key City Council committee voted Tuesday to restructure electrical rates at the Department of Water and Power so that families who live in higher-temperature neighborhoods pay less for power.

On a 4-1 vote, the Energy and Environment Committee recommended that the council approve the plan, which would give a break to portions of the San Fernando Valley, the Eastside and South Los Angeles.

Councilwoman Wendy Greuel voted against the plan, saying it relied on a study that was commissioned 14 years ago. "I want the DWP to provide me with the information, or the data, that indicates that they've had some review done since that study was issued in 1994," she said.

The proposal would break the city into two climate zones. The plan now heads to the DWP commission and will then go before the full council.

If approved, the vast majority of the plan will not go into effect until summer 2009.

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