PSE hikes natural gas rate for residential customers

March 22, 2011

By Staff

Puget Sound Energy residential natural gas customers should start paying about $1.68 more per month starting April 1.

State regulators approved the increase March 15, as part of a settlement to allow PSE to increase natural gas revenues by $19 million a year, or 1.8 percent.

For the average residential natural gas customer using 68 therms a month, the increase should amount to $1.68, for a revised bill of $84.65.

The agreement does not change the $10-per-month basic service charge for residential natural gas customers. PSE had originally asked to increase the fee to $10.62 per month.

The commission received 254 public comments about the proposal — 241 opposed to the change, and 13 undecided or neutral.

Bellevue-based PSE serves more than 1 million electric customers and almost 750,000 natural gas customers in Western Washington, including Issaquah.

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