Idaho electric and natural gas rate increase request filed today   

Tags: Avista Utilities, Electricity, Idaho, Natural Gas, Rates

1938 utility pole near Lewiston, Idaho
This pole has been standing since mid-way through
the Roosevelt Administration (circa 1938). It saw a lot 
of action in its day, but it's time to retire it and many
other pieces of aging infrastructure.
Post by Debbie Simock 

Reliability – it’s what you expect as a customer and it’s what we pride ourselves in delivering every day.

To ensure the power you expect, we’re focusing on systematically replacing or upgrading our equipment – the poles, pipe, wires, transformers, substations, equipment and generating facilities needed to safely and reliably deliver power to you. That’s why we’re investing approximately $250 million in our utility equipment in 2011.

The cost of upgrading equipment today is significantly more expensive than the equipment being replaced, some of which has been serving customers for 40 to 70 years. These increased costs are the major driver in the requests we filed today with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to increase electric rates by an overall 3.5  percent and overall 2.8 percent for natural gas. These are the same reasons for the requests we filed on May 16 with the Washington commission.

We’re here to answer your questions and provide information about our energy future. Take a few minutes to watch the short Take a Closer Look at How Rates are Set video. There, you’ll also learn more about What’s Driving the Cost of Energy and the work we’re doing to ensure that you have the reliable energy you expect.
Posted by  System Account  on  7/5/2011
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