Skagit River Hydroelectric Project at Diablo Lake. Photo by Roman Khomlyak,
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2016 Rates

A 1.5% RSA surcharge is currently in effect

2016 Adopted Rates below

City Light rates effective January 1, 2016 represented an average rate increase of 4.9% system-wide. The table below summarizes average rate increases by customer class.

2016 Rate Increase Total Residential Small Medium Large High Demand
5.2% 5.0% 5.0% 5.1% 5.6% 6.1%
Downtown Network
3.6%     3.4% 3.9%  
4.8% 4.9% 5.0% 5.1% 5.6%  
5.5% 4.9% 5.0% 5.1% 5.6% 6.1%
Lake Forest Park,
Other Suburbs
4.9% 4.9% 5.0% 5.1% 5.6%  

These percentages are averages and, depending on your electricity consumption patterns, your actual bill impacts may be higher or lower than average. For a more precise bill estimate, enter your detailed consumption into our Excel-based Customer Bill Calculator.

Budgeting for your 2016 electricity bills?

It might also be helpful to add an additional 1% to your estimate to account for the BPA pass-through enacted on October 1, 2015. There is also the possibility of an RSA surcharge triggering later this year.

Documentation on the rate process, cost of service, and rate design can be found on the Reports and Publications page. Rate questions? Contact us at

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