Higher natural gas, power rates starting Mondayon May 14, 2012 @ 3:24 pm (Updated: 3:42 pm - 5/14/12 )
"The average P.S.E. residential electric customers that would use about 1,000 kilowatt hours per month would see their electricity increase by about $3.30 per month," said Marilyn Meehan, spokeswoman with the state Utilities and Transportation Commission.
The average monthly residential natural gas increase amounts to about $1.08 per month.
Meehan says P.S.E. originally sought overall rate increases totalling $193 million for electricity and natural gas. State regulators analyzed the request and then reduced the amount of the increase to $76.7 million.
"The commission is allowing Puget Sound Energy to raise electric rates by about $63 million and natural gas rates by about $13 and a half million," said Meehan.
Bellevue's Puget Sound Energy is the state's largest private utility with about 1.1 million electricity customers and more than 756,000 natural gas customers, mostly in the Puget Sound region.
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