Northwest Natural Request Rate Increase | JAM’N 107.5

The Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is hosting a virtual public comment hearing on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. PST. The event offers NW Natural customers the opportunity to speak directly to the commissioners about the utility’s proposed natural gas rate increase.

NW Natural is requesting an increase in general rates of approximately $73.5 million or 9.9%. In its filing, NW Natural also seeks recovery of other costs, including its Lexington Renewable Natural Gas Project. Together, NW Natural is requesting a total rate increase of $81.8 million or 11.05%. For a residential customer using an average of 52.5 therms per month, these combined adjustments would result in a monthly bill increase of $7.42, effective November 1, 2022.

NW Natural identifies several factors behind the proposed rate increase, including upgrading its information technology systems, relocating its regional resource centers to be more earthquake-proof, and pursuing plans to strengthen its distribution system and maintain its storage operations.

NW Natural’s general rate change application is under a nearly year-long review and will be fully investigated on behalf of natural gas customers by the PUC, l Oregon Citizens Utility Board, Alliance of Western Energy Consumers and others. This public consultation hearing is part of this investigation, which will conclude in October when the commissioners rule on the application. The new rates, if approved, are expected to take effect November 1, 2022.

Ways to comment

NW Natural customers and other interested persons may participate in the public comment hearing to provide verbal comments to the Commissioners and the Administrative Judge presiding over this rate case.

When: Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For those unable to participate in the virtual public comment hearing, comments may be submitted by March 31, 2022 as follows:

  • By email at [email protected]
  • By dialing 503-378-6600 or 800-522-2404 (all relay calls accepted)
  • By mail to Oregon Public Utility Commission, Attn: AHD – UG 435PO Box 1088, Salem, OR 97308-1088

To stay informed throughout this rate case process, individuals can request to be added to the distribution list to receive publicly available documents. Submit requests by email to [email protected] or by calling 503-378-6678.

PUC’s mission is to ensure that customers of Oregon’s investor-owned utilities have access to safe, reliable, high-quality utility services at fair and reasonable rates.

Source: NW Natural

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