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Avista Corp. filed a request Tuesday with Washington regulators to raise electric and natural gas rates over the next two years.
Avista will ask regulators in Washington, Idaho and Oregon to approve higher rates for electricity and natural gas that would take effect in early 2020.
Avista’s Washington customers could see about $10 in savings each month on their combined electric and natural gas bills under a proposed rate reduction.
Avista’s Idaho customers could see about $7 in savings on their utility bills from federal tax reform. The utility has asked Idaho regulators to approve decreases in electric and natural gas rates, effective June 1.
Washington regulators shot down Avista’s request for three years of rate increases on Thursday. Instead, they approved a 2.7 percent increase in residential electric rates starting May 1. Natural gas rates will drop 1.2 percent.
Avista Utilities should be allowed to raise customers’ rates over the next three years, but by much smaller amounts than company officials proposed, Washington regulators’s staff members said Friday.
Avista’s Idaho customers will have a chance to weigh in on proposed rate increases during an Aug. 31 workshop in Coeur d’Alene.
Avista Utilities wants to add a $4 monthly surcharge to its Idaho customers bills, saying the mild winter of 2016 reduced the company’s power sales and revenues.
Avista is asking state regulators for permission to raise electric and natural gas rates for Washington customers over a three-year period, with the earliest rate hike beginning in September.
Avista has lost another round in its latest attempt to raise electric and natural gas rates. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, which previously rejected the utility’s proposed increases, on Monday denied a request by Avista Utilities to reconsider.
Avista Utilities will ask state regulators to reconsider last week’s decision to deny the company’s request for higher rates in 2017, and will take its appeal to court, if necessary, company officials said.
Lower wholesale prices for natural gas will give Avista Utilities customers a break on their heating bills this winter. However, Eastern Washington customers will also see a modest increase in the cost of electricity.
Avista’s Washington customers could see changes in their gas and electric bills starting Nov. 1, based partly on fluctuations in wholesale power costs.
Avista’s Idaho customers could get a break on their natural gas bills, beginning Nov. 1.
Rates for Avista Utilities’ natural gas customers will decrease by an average 14.5 percent, effective Sunday.
Avista’s Idaho customers could see higher prices for electricity and natural gas effective Jan. 1 under a settlement in the utility’s recent rate case.
Avista Utilities is proposing a staggered rate increase for its Idaho customers, which would raise a typical household’s electric bill by $12 per month over a two-year period and natural gas bill by nearly $6. The Spokane-based utility submitted the request to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission on Monday. The commission has up to nine months to review Avista’s request, take public comments and make a decision.
A software coding error caused Avista Corp. to overestimate its power supply costs in the utility’s recent request to raise rates in Washington, company officials said Monday. The coding error inflated future power costs by $7.1 million, said Casey Fielder, an Avista spokeswoman. When the Spokane-based utility caught the error in early April, it alerted the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and other parties in the rate case.
Wendi Dunlap lives in a house in Hillyard with an old furnace. Last winter, the social worker qualified for energy assistance to help pay her Avista bill. Many Spokane families are like hers – working, but struggling to make ends meet, Dunlap told an Avista executive at a recent neighborhood meeting.