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Residents in Cowlitz Co. experience unexpected electric bill increase

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An unpleasant surprise for homeowners in Cowlitz County, who said their electric bill has doubled, even tripled in some cases. Now residents are demanding answers.

As the temperatures drop, people crank up the heat inside which can get expensive when the electric bills arrive.

However, this winter Rick Shaw and many others in Kelso said there is something very wrong with their electric bills from the Cowlitz County Public Utility District.

“It was double what it normally is. I started checking my meter and saw it was just racing,” said Shaw.

Shaw said he has never seen his bill so high, and is trying to get to the bottom of it.

“I looked all over the house. I turned lights out, I unplugged things that we normally have on, and it did not make a difference,” Shaw said.

Cowlitz Public Utility District posted on their Facebook page Sunday saying:

We recognized our customers concerns about higher bills. It is not uncommon to hear about increased bills in the winter months. These increases are typically a result of differences in weather.

They go on to say they will look into their meter reads and billing procedures.

However, some say the PUD needs to take more responsibility.

Angie Dombrowsky also noticed a jump on her bill.

“I’m sure there’s some people who are really hurting bad and I just hate to think that the PUD’s response is ‘It’s not our problem, just pay your bill or we’ll shut you off’,” said Dombrowsky

Fox 12 spoke with a Cowlitz County Public Utility District representative Sunday, and she says meters are not being spiked.

She also says they will look into the issue on Monday, and will have more information for the public after that.

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