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Natural gas prices for Washington reduced

The Goldendale Sentinel of Goldendale, Washington

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More than 1 million natural gas customers in Washington are now paying less for service, as of Nov. 1, due to decreases in wholesale natural gas costs.

On Oct. 29 the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved rate decreases for Avista Utilities, Puget Sound Energy, and Northwest Natural Gas Company.

The average bill for an Avista residential customer in Eastern Washington using 68 therms will fall by 14.9 percent, or about $10.17 a month, for an average monthly bill of $58.03. Headquartered in Spokane

Avista serves about 150,000 natural gas customers.

The average bill for a Northwest Natural Gas residential customer using 58 therms will see a decrease of more than 14 percent, or $9.46 a month, for an average monthly bill of $56.15. The company serves more than 75,000 residential and commercial customers in Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties in Washington.

The average bill for a PSE residential natural gas customer using 68 therms a month will decrease of 15.4 percent, or $12.54, for an average monthly bill of $68.81. PSE serves 813,240 natural gas customers in parts of King, Kittitas, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties.

The Commission earlier approved a decrease for the state's other investor-owned natural gas utility, Pasco-based Cascade Natural Gas. On Sept. 1, it reduced Cascade's rates by 13.8 percent, lowering the average residential bill by $7.26 for a total bill of $43.46.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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