Public invited to comment on proposed Avista rate hike

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is inviting the public to comment on Avista's proposed electric and natural gas rate changes.

In May 2017, Avista filed a general rate case with the UTC requesting a three-year rate plan. The power company wants to increase its revenue from electricity by $61.4 million and revenues from natural gas by $8.3 million.

After review of the company’s proposal, commission staff determined Avista should increase electric and natural gas revenues during the three-year period, but by smaller margins.

Staff recommended a first-year electric revenue increase of approximately $10 million, or 2 percent; a second-year electric revenue increase of $11.5 million, or 2.3 percent; and a third-year electric revenue increase of $11.7 million, or 2.3 percent. 

The three-member commission, which is not bound by the staff recommendation, will make a final decision on the utility’s request this winter. New rates would go into effect in April 2018.

The public comment hearing on the rate changes is Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Center located at 240 SE Dexter St. in Pullman.

Customers who are unable to attend a public meeting but want to comment on the proposed rates can submit a comment online at; to P.O. Box 47250, Olympia, WA., 98504; email; or call toll-free 1-888-333-9882.