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Sawant challenges Seattle City Light rates, seeks big break for renters, homeowners

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Seattle City Council's Kshama Sawant

SEATTLE — City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, who successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage, now has a new crusade: Pushing Seattle City Light to given renters and homeowners a big break on their electricity bills.

Sawant says that business customers and big energy users actually pay less per kilowatt than the average ratepayer, and she’s determined to change that.

“Every working person I have talked to is outraged by the fact that Boeing is paying less than they, and all we’re saying is make it fair so that Boeing  pays at least as much as your ordinary working family,” said Sawant.

City Light officials say that businesses typically pay a lower rate per kilowatt because they purchase more electricity, reducing the cost of serving them.

At meeting Wednesday at the Seattle City Council Sawant introduced a resolution to end the lower rate for business customers, and pass the savings to individual ratepayers.  However, she was unable to garner support.  She is considering reintroducing the resolution at a later date.

Sawant argues that her latest mission is a part of her larger strategy of tacking income inequality.

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  • Doug

    Boeing does business where there is a benefit to the company, the power is cheaper for a reason and that so they don’t pull up stakes and move to South Carolina.

  • nonymouse1994

    I have to side with her on this one. There should be a fixed cost of providing service to a location that is the same for each connection, and the cost per kwh of electricity which should be the same for each kwh, no matter who is paying for it. Where is the incentive for business to conserve when using more energy just gets them into a higher discount for using more.

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