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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
5/14/2007  2:46:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tom Van Bronkhorst, Godden Office, (206) 684-8807
Councilmember Jean Godden


CITY COUNCIL SEEKING CITIZENS TO REVIEW ELECTRIC RATES
Citizen review of our public power electrical rates is long standing tradition.

SEATTLE Today, the Seattle City Council announced they are looking for seven citizens to serve on the Seattle City Light Rates Advisory Committee, which advises the Council, Mayor and City Light Superintendent on Seattle City Light rates. The committee will examine the utilitys rate-setting policies, practices and proposed rate increases or decreases before making recommendations to the Mayor and Council.

Citizen review of our public power electrical rates is a long standing tradition bringing transparency and community participation into the mix, said Councilmember Jean Godden who works to oversee Seattle City Light as chair of the Energy and Technology Committee. The Rates Advisory Committee is an important avenue for involving our citizen owners in advising the utility and the council. It must be preserved.

The Council earlier this year re-established the Rates Advisory Committee, which previously functioned since 1978. The Council now is seeking candidates with an interest in City Light to join the committee. Candidates should be available to attend monthly meetings and briefings on technical and financial issues relating to the electric industry. When re-established the Rates Advisory Committee will include fifteen members with eight appointed by the Mayor and seven by the City Council. Those appointed by the council will serve as at-large members with at least one member representing residential ratepayers and one representing suburban cities served by City Light.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: Jean Godden, Seattle City Council, P.O. Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124-4205, or via email to: jean.godden@seattle.gov. Nominations and applications should be received by Friday, May 25, 2007. You may view the enabling legislation, Council Bill 122335, by entering it into the bill index within the City Clerk's Website.

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