Puget Sound Energy customers will see their monthly gas and electricity bills rise beginning next week as a result of a rate increase recently approved by state regulators.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission granted the Bellevue-based energy company a 3.2 percent electricity rate increase and a 1.3 percent natural gas rate increase. The new rates are effective Monday.
The average PSE residential electric customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours-per-month will see his electric bill increase by $3.30, for a bill total of $102.56. The typical natural gas customer using 68 therms a month would pay $1.08 more, for a revised bill of $86.09, the commission said.
The commission is allowing PSE to raise electric rates by $63.3 million a year and $13.4 million for natural gas rates. That’s significantly less than the $161 million and $32 million the utility originally sought last June. The last PSE rate increase approved by the commission was two years ago.John Gillie, email@example.com