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DWP's gift to the city

DWP's gift to the city

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is asking customers to pay significantly higher rates over the next five years — from 13% to 34% more — to meet a crush of environmental regulations and fund long-delayed infrastructure upgrades and renewable energy projects. But what the DWP hasn't been saying as it tries to sell Angelenos on the rate hike is that not all the new money will go to those much-needed improvements. Roughly one in five of the dollars that customers are charged for electricity will end up in the city budget instead of replacing power poles, upgrading the transmission system or buying cleaner, greener energy. It will create a windfall for City Hall...

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