LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is going to restart the public hearing process on rate increases proposed last year to pay for a five-year, $6.1 billion capital plan the agency says it needs to replace aging infrastructure and meet state and federal environmental mandates.

Ron Nichols, the department’s general manager, conducted more than a dozen presentations at public meetings throughout Los Angeles last summer to explain the agency’s need for rate increases of 15.3% for water and 16.8% for power spread over three years.

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