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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Avista Corp. adjusts customer utility rates

Avista Corp. headquarters in Spokane.  (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review)

Avista Corp. customers will see changes to their utility bills beginning this month.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved several filings from Avista last week that will result in a 3.83% decrease in electric rates and a 2.6% increase in natural gas rates, effective Aug. 1.

A typical residential electric customer using 914 kilowatts per month can expect to see a decrease of $3.26 for a monthly bill of $81.07.

The typical residential natural gas customer using 67 therms per month will see an increase of $1.08 for a monthly bill of $58.96.

The changes are primarily the result of lower than expected costs for Avista’s conservation programs and the difference between the Spokane-based utility’s authorized and actual revenues, which were influenced by warmer than normal winter temperatures and the pandemic, according to a UTC news release. 

In Eastern Washington, Avista serves more than 250,000 electric customers and nearly 164,000 natural gas customers .