May 7, 2012
"PSE electric, natural gas customers to pay more for service"
"Electricity bills for Puget Sound Energy residential customers will increase by 3.2 percent while natural gas bills will rise by 1.3 percent as a result of action taken by state regulators today. New rates go into effect May 14.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is allowing PSE to raise electric rates by $63.3 million a year and $13.4 million for natural gas rates, substantially less than the $161 million and $32 million, respectively, the utility originally requested last June. The last PSE rate increase approved by the commission was two years ago.
The average PSE residential electric customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours-per-month will see their 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."