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Public invited to comment on Puget Sound Energy’s rate request

LACEY, Wash. – Puget Sound Energy customers will have the opportunity to provide comments to state regulators on the company’s proposed electric rate change. 

WHAT 

Virtual-only open meeting 

WHO 

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 

WHEN and WHERE 

Tuesday, April 20 

6 p.m. 

Participate by Microsoft Teams (encouraged, if possible). 

Participate by phone: call 253-372-2181 and use conference ID 843 565 680#. 

Note: Members of the public wishing to address the commission during the meeting should contact the commission’s Consumer Protection Section by 5 p.m. on April 19, 2021, by phone at 1-888-333-9882 to have their information added to the sign-up list. 

Translation services are available at no cost to you. If possible, please inform the commission at least one business day prior to the meeting by calling 360-664-1140, or by sending an email to paige.doyle@utc.wa.gov.  

If you are unable to participate during the virtual meeting, you can submit comments: 

  • Online at www.utc.wa.gov, 

  • via telephone at 888-333-9882,  

  • by email at comments@utc.wa.gov, or 

  • by mail to P.O. Box 47250, Olympia, WA 98504. 

BACKGROUND 

  • In February, Puget Sound Energy filed a revised rate case with the Utilities and Transportation Commission requesting an increase of $88 million, or 4.13%, in additional revenue due to increased costs in power supply. 
  • Earlier this month, commission staff announced a settlement agreement with PSE. The full multiparty settlement calls for a general revenue increase of $65.3 million. 
  • Under the settlement, an average residential electric customer’s bill will increase about 2.9%. A residential customer using 900 kilowatt-hours could see an increase of $2.73, for a monthly bill of $98.30. 

The three-member commission, which is not bound by this agreement, will make a final decision on PSE’s power cost only rate case request by this summer. 

The UTC regulates the rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, landline telephone companies, and private water systems among other industries. It is the commission’s responsibility to ensure regulated companies provide safe and reliable service to customers at reasonable rates, while allowing them the opportunity to earn a fair profit. 

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Topic(s)
Consumer
Energy