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Electric Rates

As your not-for-profit electric utility, Seattle City Light designs electric rates to recover the cost to serve our customers -- no more, no less. City Light rates are proposed to, and then approved by, the Seattle City Council by means of an Ordinance. City Council approves the City Light budget and rates schedules every other year in November. For example, the 2019 and 2020 rates would be approved in November of 2018.

Rates will be increasing in 2019 and 2020. We work hard to keep our costs as affordable as possible while ensuring that our customers receive the fair, reliable and green electric service they expect. We are proud to offer our customers electric rates that are among the lowest in urban America.

City Light wants to help you understand your electric bill and make informed energy choices. When customers make informed choices about their electricity use, everyone benefits: it helps you save money, it helps us maintain our low rates, and minimizes the impact on the environment - locally and regionally.

Homeowners and Renters


In 2019, residential customers can expect to see their bills increase
by $2 to $5 per month depending on the size of your household and whether your home is heated by electricity or not. Like most residents, you may receive your City Light bill every two months, so this would equate to an increase of $4 to $10 per billing cycle.

Sample Bimonthly Residential Bills
2018 2019 2020
Apartments with gas heating $ 41 $ 47 $ 51
Apartments with electric heating $ 91 $ 101 $ 108
Homes with gas heating $ 134 $ 144 $ 152
Homes with electric heating $ 188 $ 198 $ 206
High Use Households $ 276 $ 286 $ 294

Are you a high energy use household? Connect with an Energy Advisor to learn more about Seattle City Light services and programs to help you manage your energy bill.

Business Customers


Are you starting to budget for 2019? Most small businesses and condo associations can expect to see their electric bills increase 4 to 5 percent next year.

If you are a larger business looking to do more in-depth analysis of your electric bill, try our bill calculator or contact us for more information.



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