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Cascade Natural Gas Rates Rising 26% November 1st.

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Tri-Cities, Washington. - Cascade Natural Gas customers can expect to pay more starting November 1st.  Natural gas for Cascade customers is going up 26%.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission says the cost of natural gas has gone up, causing gas companies to charge customers more.  The commission approved the rate hike after tracking market prices in natural gas.

The increase will cause the average bill for a typical Cascade customer to go from $66.00 to $86.000 a month.

"The price adjusts periodically just to reflect those changes in the natural gas itself.  This particular year, natural gas prices have gone up since this time last November," said Marilyn Meehan with Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Last year the Commission approved a 17% decrease because fuel prices were down.

As a comparison on how other natural gas companies are doing in Washington, Avista Natural Gas that services the Spokane and Pullman area is only going up by one percent, but the average monthly bill is the same at an average $86.00  a month.