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Avista increasing rates in Washington in 2015

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Electric and natural gas customers will see an increase on their Avista bills beginning in January Electric and natural gas customers will see an increase on their Avista bills beginning in January
SPOKANE, Wash. - Avista customers can expect to see an increase in their electric and natural gas rates in 2015. 

Beginning January 1, 2015, electric rates for residential customers will increase about 2.7 percent. For the average customer that means an extra $2.00 or so added to their bill. 

Natural gas rates will also increase by about 6.1 percent. This will mean nearly $4.00 extra dollars a month for the average customer. 

The increase was approved by the state Utilities and Transportation Commission on Tuesday. Avista initially asked for an increase that would increase their electric revenues by $18.2 million a year, but instead they will only see $12.1 million. The gas revenues will increase by $8.9 million annually, compared to Avista's initial request of $12.1 million. 

Avista will also increase contributions to the Low-Income Ratepayer Assistance program, which provides energy assistance to more than 12, 00 low-income customers each year, by nearly $830,000.

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