Avista requests recovery of costs for providing service in Oregon
The proposal is designed to increase natural gas billed revenue by
"Our general rate requests continue to be driven by the ongoing need to invest in our infrastructure and expand and replace the facilities and equipment we use every day to serve our customers. This includes increased investment to replace certain natural gas service pipe and other parts of our infrastructure," said
The majority of the current capital investments include upgrades and maintenance of natural gas pipe and distribution equipment as well as other information technology upgrades. Among the major capital investments included in today's filing are:
- The continuation of a major project to systematically replace portions of natural gas distribution pipe. The project is replacing hundreds of miles of natural gas pipeline that was installed prior to 1987.
- Completion of a pipeline reinforcement project in
La Grandeto meet current and future natural gas delivery needs.
- Rerouting of a high pressure pipeline in
Klamath Fallsthat crosses a fault line near a school.
Residential Customer Bill
If the general rate request is approved by the PUC, a residential customer using an average of 46 therms per month would see a
This request is separate from the Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment (
On average, about 40 percent of an Avista bill for
Avista serves approximately 99,000 customers in
To assist customers in managing their energy bills, Avista offers services for customers such as comfort level billing, payment arrangements, and Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Services (CARES), which provide assistance to customers through referrals to area organizations for help with housing, utilities, medical assistance and other needs. Avista also provides support to customer assistance funds such as Project Share. In addition, Avista provides energy efficiency and outreach programs, including rebates and incentives, which help customers manage their energy use. Beginning in 2017 we will partner with the
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