KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Benton PUD recently announced that electric bills will be increasing 32% over the next few years. There is, however, some good news about other utility bills. Cascade Natural Gas Company says they are dropping prices on natural gas just in time for the winter season.
The Vice-President of Operations said Cascade Natural Gas got permission from the Washington Utilities Commission to lower prices.
Residential customers will get a 9.6% drop, which averages out to about $70 less per year. Small commercial company prices will be reduced by 10.7%, which saves them about $375 per year.
"The reduction is a result of lower wholesale prices for natural gas that the company purchases to supply our customers. And we're in turn returning those decreases in cost to the customers," explained Tim Clark, VP of Operations.
The reductions will be seen as soon as November 1st. On a monthly bill, it may not seem like that big of a difference; the average bill will be about $6 lower.