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Purchased Gas Adjustment Rate History Since 2002
 
September 22, 2005 (2005-021)
 
Contacts: Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
 
2002
 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Northwest Natural who used 59.8 therms decreased by $6.79 or, 10.5 percent. A typical customer’s bill dropped to $57.80 from $64.59. Commercial customers received a 14.9 percent rate decrease. Northwest Natural serves approximately 486,017 customers. Northwest Natural’s adjustment includes the effects of a recently approved elasticity mechanism, bill payment assistance and public purpose charges order, which slightly offset the amount of Northwest Natural’s decrease.

 
The adjustment reduced Avista residential bills by 7 percent. A typical residential customer using 54 therms per month saw a reduction of $3.18 toward a lower monthly bill of $42.15. Commercial customers received an 8.2 percent rate decrease. This is in addition to a Commission approved 15.3 percent overall decrease that went into effect April 2, 2002. Avista serves approximately 80,285 customers in Southern Oregon.

 
The Commission decision also cut Cascade residential bills by 2.5 percent. The monthly bill for a typical customer using 62 therms per month dropped by $1.51, to $57.93 from $59.44. Commercial customers received a 3.9 percent rate decrease. Cascade serves approximately 45,265 customers in Central and Northeastern Oregon.

2003
 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Northwest Natural who uses 61.5 therms increased by 4.5 percent. The typical customer’s bill went from $60.04 to $62.71, an increase of $2.67. In January, a typical residential customer’s consumption of 131 therms resulted in a billing increase from $121.11 to $126.80. Commercial and industrial customers saw an increase of between 4.9 to 5.6 percent. Northwest Natural customers received an overall 1.1 percent increase September 1, 2003 due to a general rate case. Northwest Natural serves about 501,224 customers.
 
Residential bills for Avista’s customers increased by 12.25 percent. The bill for a typical residential customer using 55 therms per month wen from $43.09 to $48.37, an increase of $5.28. The January bill for a typical residential customer increased $10.55 over last January’s bill. Rates for industrial and commercial customers increased from 14.5 to 15.4 percent. Avista serves about 82,264 customers in LaGrande, Grants Pass, Medford, Klamath Falls and Roseburg.

 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Cascade who uses 63 therms increased by 1.9 percent. The typical customer’s bill went from $58.82 to $59.95, an increase of $1.13. In January, a typical residential customer’s use of 131 therms resulted in a billing increase from $119.07 to $121.43. Commercial and industrial customers saw an increase of 2.0 to 2.6 percent. Cascade serves approximately 46,910 customers in Central and Northeastern Oregon.

2004
 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Northwest Natural who uses 56 therms increased by $10.40. The typical customer’s average monthly bill went tfrom $57.64 to $68.04, an increase of 18 percent. In January, a typical residential customer’s consumption of 135 therms resulted in a billing increase from $130.49 to $155.56. Commercial and industrial customers will see a rate increase of between 20.3 to 20.6 percent. Northwest Natural serves about 517,708 customers.
 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Avista who used 55 therms increased by $7.11. The typical customer’s average monthly bill went rom $ 57.67 to $64.78, an increase of 12.3 percent. In January a typical residential customer’s use of 114 therms resulted in a billing increase from $106.22 to $128.91. Rates for industrial and commercial customers increased from 14.8 to 15.8 percent. Avista serves about 84,892 customers in LaGrande, Grants Pass, Medford, Klamath Falls and Roseburg.

 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Cascade who uses 61 therms increased by $4.60. The typical customer’s average bill went from $58.15 to $62.75, an increase of 7.9 percent. In January, a typical residential customer’s use of 137 therms resulted in a billing increase from $126.85 to $137.19. Commercial and industrial customers will saw an increase of 9.2 to 9.7 percent. Cascade serves approximately 48,338 customers in Central and Northeastern Oregon.  The adjustments took effect on Oct. 1 of each respective year.

2005
 
See September 22, 2005 news release
 
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Purchased Gas Adjustment Rate History Since 2002
09/22/2005
 
2005-021
 
Contacts: Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
 
2002
 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Northwest Natural who used 59.8 therms decreased by $6.79 or, 10.5 percent. A typical customer’s bill dropped to $57.80 from $64.59. Commercial customers received a 14.9 percent rate decrease. Northwest Natural serves approximately 486,017 customers. Northwest Natural’s adjustment includes the effects of a recently approved elasticity mechanism, bill payment assistance and public purpose charges order, which slightly offset the amount of Northwest Natural’s decrease.
 
The adjustment reduced Avista residential bills by 7 percent. A typical residential customer using 54 therms per month saw a reduction of $3.18 toward a lower monthly bill of $42.15. Commercial customers received an 8.2 percent rate decrease. This is in addition to a Commission approved 15.3 percent overall decrease that went into effect April 2, 2002. Avista serves approximately 80,285 customers in Southern Oregon.
 
The Commission decision also cut Cascade residential bills by 2.5 percent. The monthly bill for a typical customer using 62 therms per month dropped by $1.51, to $57.93 from $59.44. Commercial customers received a 3.9 percent rate decrease. Cascade serves approximately 45,265 customers in Central and Northeastern Oregon.
 
2003
 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Northwest Natural who uses 61.5 therms increased by 4.5 percent. The typical customer’s bill went from $60.04 to $62.71, an increase of $2.67. In January, a typical residential customer’s consumption of 131 therms resulted in a billing increase from $121.11 to $126.80. Commercial and industrial customers saw an increase of between 4.9 to 5.6 percent. Northwest Natural customers received an overall 1.1 percent increase September 1, 2003 due to a general rate case. Northwest Natural serves about 501,224 customers.
 
Residential bills for Avista’s customers increased by 12.25 percent. The bill for a typical residential customer using 55 therms per month wen from $43.09 to $48.37, an increase of $5.28. The January bill for a typical residential customer increased $10.55 over last January’s bill. Rates for industrial and commercial customers increased from 14.5 to 15.4 percent. Avista serves about 82,264 customers in LaGrande, Grants Pass, Medford, Klamath Falls and Roseburg.
 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Cascade who uses 63 therms increased by 1.9 percent. The typical customer’s bill went from $58.82 to $59.95, an increase of $1.13. In January, a typical residential customer’s use of 131 therms resulted in a billing increase from $119.07 to $121.43. Commercial and industrial customers saw an increase of 2.0 to 2.6 percent. Cascade serves approximately 46,910 customers in Central and Northeastern Oregon.
 
2004
 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Northwest Natural who uses 56 therms increased by $10.40. The typical customer’s average monthly bill went tfrom $57.64 to $68.04, an increase of 18 percent. In January, a typical residential customer’s consumption of 135 therms resulted in a billing increase from $130.49 to $155.56. Commercial and industrial customers will see a rate increase of between 20.3 to 20.6 percent. Northwest Natural serves about 517,708 customers.
 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Avista who used 55 therms increased by $7.11. The typical customer’s average monthly bill went rom $ 57.67 to $64.78, an increase of 12.3 percent. In January a typical residential customer’s use of 114 therms resulted in a billing increase from $106.22 to $128.91. Rates for industrial and commercial customers increased from 14.8 to 15.8 percent. Avista serves about 84,892 customers in LaGrande, Grants Pass, Medford, Klamath Falls and Roseburg.
 
The monthly bill for a typical residential customer of Cascade who uses 61 therms increased by $4.60. The typical customer’s average bill went from $58.15 to $62.75, an increase of 7.9 percent. In January, a typical residential customer’s use of 137 therms resulted in a billing increase from $126.85 to $137.19. Commercial and industrial customers will saw an increase of 9.2 to 9.7 percent. Cascade serves approximately 48,338 customers in Central and Northeastern Oregon.  The adjustments took effect on Oct. 1 of each respective year.
 
2005
 
See September 22, 2005 news release