Rate going up for natural gas customers


October 30, 2019

Natural gas customers in Washington will see higher energy bills beginning Nov. 1 due in part to last winter’s colder temperatures coupled with the 2018 gas pipeline explosion in British Columbia.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission today approved rate adjustments ranging from 4-15 percent for Avista, Cascade Natural Gas, NW Natural, and Puget Sound Energy natural gas customers.

Higher customer costs for 2019 reflect wholesale natural gas price increases caused in part by the October 2018 Enbridge Pipeline rupture, which disrupted natural gas markets throughout the Pacific Northwest.

On Oct. 9, 2018, a 36-inch diameter natural gas mainline ruptured near Prince Geor...

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