Avista seeks electricity, gas rate hikes in Idaho - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Avista seeks electricity, gas rate hikes in Idaho

SPOKANE, Wash. - Avista is seeking rate increases for natural gas and electricity. Under the request filed with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, residential power bills would rise by 15.9 percent and gas bills by 6.5 percent.


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That amounts to $10.70 for a total of $78.08 a month for an average home using 977 kilowatts of electricity. For an average home using 65 therms of gas a month, the boost would be $4.91 to a total of $80.05.

Avista says the increases would offset higher fuel and purchased power prices amid increasing demand and the overhaul of aging delivery and generating systems.

Avista filed earlier for smaller rate hikes in Washington state. The company has 110,000 electric and 68,000 natural gas customers in north Idaho.
     
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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