NBCRightNow.com - Over 1.2 million natural gas customers in Washington will begin paying more for service starting November 1st.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) on Wednesday approved increases for the state's four natural gas utility companies. The increase is due to a rise in wholesale natural gas costs.
Cascade Natural Gas Co.'s average residential customer using 54 therms a month will pay 18 percent more, an increase of $8.50, for a total of almost $54. Part of this increase is due to the company ending a year-long refund, which had reduced bills during the past 12 months. The refund was due to past overcollection by Cascade.
Kennewick-based Cascade Natural Gas Corp. serves almost 200,000 residential and business customers in 65 communities throughout the state, including Bellingham, Bremerton, Mount Vernon, Aberdeen, Longview, Moses Lake, Kennewick, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.
The other increases will effect Puget Sound Energy, Avista, and Washington's Northwest Natural Gas Company.