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Commission Approves Compressed Gas Service for Avista Utilities


January 28, 2015 (2015-01)
Contacts: Susan Ackerman, Chair, 503 378-6611, Stephen Bloom, 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 cleared the way today for Avista Utilities to offer Compressed Natural Gas Service to its non-residential customers, primarily those with fleets of trucks.
Under the PUC order, Avista can build, own, and maintain Compressed Natural GAS (CNG) fueling equipment, including compressors and dispensing equipment, located at its non-residential customer locations. Although primarily for fleet customer locations, public third-party owned petroleum fueling stations that want to dispense CNG could potentially use this service.
“Oregon is taking another step toward diversifying our transportation fuel mix by encouraging the use of natural gas vehicles,” Commission Chair Susan Ackerman said. “This is designed in a way that Avista ratepayers will not pay for the cost of this new option and in fact will benefit.”
Customers must enter into a minimum ten-year services agreement with the utility. Any compressing services contracts Avista enters into with its customers would remain in effect through the life of the contract even if the PUC decides to discontinue or modify Avista’s compressing services approval after a two-year review.
In its filing with the Commission, Avista indicated it is pursuing this service in response to inquiries from public and private fleet operators. Avista will design, plan, engineer, permit, construct, install, inspect, test, and maintain the facilities.
The Citizens’ Utility Board, Northwest Industrial Gas Users, and Commission staff support the proposal.
Avista Utilities is based in Spokane, Washington and serves approximately 85,000 Oregon customers.
The Commission approved a similar agreement with NW Natural in 2014.