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News Release
Commission Issues Avista Utilities General Rate Case Decision
November 2, 2009 (2009-017) (UG 186)
Contacts:  Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503-378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503-378-6611;
John Savage, Commissioner, 503-378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-378-8962
Salem, OR.  The Oregon Public Utility Commission today announced its decision to adjust rates for customers of Avista Utilities, which serves approximately 95,000 customers in LaGrande, Roseburg, Medford and Klamath Falls.
In July Avista filed its request with the Commission to raise its rates by 11.6% to pay for major capital projects including pipeline reinforcement projects throughout Oregon. The Commission, after closely examining the request, reduced it to a 7.1% increase.
“While this decision for the general rate case will increase rates, customers will still see their bills go down because it will be offset by a 20% rate decrease that accounts for recent drops in prices for natural gas, that also takes effect Nov. 1,” said Commission Chairman Lee Beyer.
The average residential customer who uses 52 therms will see their bill drop by $10 or 13%.
The decision also settles a true-up for utility taxes. Avista customers will see a $2.4 million dollar refund on their November and December bills. Senate Bill 408 is designed to ensure that the amount collected for taxes in customer rates matches the amount paid by utilities to taxing authorities. 
This is the third time since 1991 that Avista has asked the Commission to adjust rates for a general rate request.