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Potential Changes to Energy Rates

Pending: Rate Cases

View more details for the pending rate cases below and how to comment.

  • South Coast Water Company - Docket Number: UW 191
  • Lakeshore Water Company - Docket Number: UW 192
  • Avista Natural - Docket Number: UG 433
  • NW Natural - Docket Number: UG 435
  • PacifiCorp - Docket Number: UE 399

South Coast Water Company - UW 191

The company requests to increase rates in two phases, and proposes an increase of 38.37% in year one and an increase of 38.89% in year two. South Coast Water Company proposes that the first phase of the rate adjustment go into effect January 1, 2023, and the second on January 1, 2024.

South Coast Water Company has not increased rates since 2008. They report the increase in operating costs for the utility, which includes labor, vendor, supply, and chemical costs, as well as investments into the system to improve water quality and reliability, and improvements to enhance customer service support are the reasons for the proposed increase. 

What does this mean for you? For an average residential customer, a current bill is about $47.36 per month. With the proposed increase in the first year, the average bill would increase to about $65.54, with the second year increasing to approximately $91.02 per month.

The PUC wants to hear from you on how the proposed increase in your water rates will impact you. Comments can be submitted by email, phone, or mail through August 1, 2022. View below for details on Ways to Comment or submit a comment by email.


Lakeshore Water Company - UW 192

Lakeshore Water Company, LLC has submitted a request to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) to increase their rates charged to customers. The company proposes an increase of 40.87% effective January 1, 2023.

Lakeshore Water Company has not increased rates since 1999. They report the increase in operating costs for the utility, which includes labor, vendor, supply, and chemical costs, as well as investments into the system to improve system reliability, and improvements to enhance customer support services are the reasons for the proposed increase. 

What does this mean for you? For an average residential customer, a current monthly bill is about $39.05. With the proposed increase, the average bill would increase to about $55.01 per month.

The PUC wants to hear from you on how the proposed increase in your water rates will impact you. Comments can be submitted by email, phone, or mail through August 1, 2022. View below for details on Ways to Comment or submit a comment by email.

NW Natural's Rate Case Proposal - UG 435

NW Natural is asking for an increase in its general rates of approximately $73.5 million or 9.9 percent. In its filing NW Natural also requests recovery of other costs, including its Lexington renewable natural gas project. Together, NW Natural is seeking a total rate increase of $81.8 million or 11.05 percent. For a residential customer using an average of 52.5 therms per month, these combined adjustments would lead to a monthly bill increase of $7.42, effective November 1, 2022.

NW Natural identifies several factors driving the proposed rate increase, including modernizing its information technology systems, relocating its regional resource centers to be more seismically secure, and continuing projects to reinforce its distribution system and maintain its storage operations. 

NW Natural’s general rate change request is undergoing a nearly year-long review and will be fully investigated on behalf of natural gas customers by the PUC, the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board, the Alliance of Western Energy Consumers, and others. This public comment hearing is part of that investigation, which will conclude in October when the Commissioners rule on the request. New rates, if approved, are expected to go into effect November 1, 2022.  

Pending: Differential Rate Plans to Benefit Energy Burdened Customers

  • PGE request to implement bill discounts to income-qualified residential customers in compliance with HB 2475 - Docket Number: ADV 1365

Pending: Arrearage Management Program 

  • NW Natural request for approval of additional funding for this program -- Docket Number: ADV 1373

Ways to Comment 
Utility customers can submit comments on proposed rate increases
  • email PUC.PublicComments@puc.oregon.gov (Be sure to note the docket number in the subject line and/or email)
  • Call 503-378-6600 or 800-522-2404 (all relay calls accepted) 
  • Mail comments to: Oregon Public Utility Commission, Attn: AHD – UG 435, PO Box 1088, Salem, OR 97308-1088 

Stay Informed on a Specific Docket

To stay informed throughout the rate case process, view the dockets noted above. You may also request to be added to the distribution list to receive publicly available documents. Submit requests by email to puc.hearings@puc.oregon.gov or by calling 503-378-6678. Be sure to note the docket number of interest.





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Submit a Comment on a Proposed Rate Adjustment TODAY!

Want to stay informed on a proposed rate change? Contact the PUC to be added to the distribution list. 

  • Send an email with a notation of the specific docket #
  • Call 503-378-6678


Upcoming Public Comment Hearings

None scheduled at this time