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Rate Increase
Effective December 24, 1999

These charts cover the rate increase that was adopted by the City Council in November 1999 and that took effect on December 24, 1999. An additional rate adjustment, proposed by City Light and adopted by the Council, is effective January 1, 2001. For information on the 1/1/01 increase, refer to Power Cost Adjustment Facts and the Chart in pdf. format. The Chart compares rates effective January 24, 1999 with current rates which include the Power Cost Adjustment.
 
 
 
   The 2000-2002 Rates
 
Residential Service
Small & Medium General Service
Large & High Demand General Service
 
  Explanation of Schedules
 
 
 

Residential-- Separately metered residential service.

Residential Elderly/Disabled & Low-Income-- Special assistance rate for low-income residential customers.

Regarding General Service: classes based on demand observed in 1/2 or more of billing periods in prior calendar year or estimated demand for new customers.

  • Small General Service-- General Service customers who had less than 50 kW demand.
  • Medium General Service-- General Service customers who had maximum demand of 50 kW to less than 1,000 kW.
  • >Large General Service-- General Service customers who had maximum demand of 1,000 kW to less than 10,000 kW, or who had a maximum demand of 1,000 kW or more but are located inside the downtown distribution network.
  • High Demand General Service-- General Service customers who had maximum demand equal to or greater than 10,000 kW, and who are located outside the downtown distribution network. An optional variable rate (VRC, rate 44) is also available to these customers.

Additional Information & Footnotes

For customers on time-of-use rate, the peak period is Monday through Saturday, 6 AM to 10 PM, excluding major holidays. Customers metered on the utility's side of the meter receive a kWh discount for transformer losses. Customers who own their transformers receive a discount of $0.17 per kW of monthly maximum demand. Customers with power factor meters and monthly power factors below 0.97 are billed 0.14 cents per kVarh.

(#) Customers residing within the corporate limits of the City of Seattle, the City of Tukwila and Whatcom County.
(##) Customers residing outside the corporate limits of the City of Seattle, the City of Tukwila and Whatcom County.
(###) Customers residing outside the downtown network but within the corporate limits of the City of Seattle or City of Tukwila.
(####) Customers served by the downtown Seattle electrical distribution network. Area is defined by the electrical system configuration rather than geographically, but customers are located in the area that ranges, approximately, from King and Jackson on the South to Denny on the North and from Puget Sound on the west to I-5 on the East.
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   Average Rates (in cents/kilowatt-hour)

Year Total Residential Sm Gen Serv Md Gen Serv Lg Gen Serv Hi Dem
Gn Sv
City Sbrb City Sbrb City NN City Net Sbrb City NN City Net Sbrb
Previous 3.91 4.39 3.69 3.86 3.88* 3.86 3.44 3.46* 3.44 3.27
2000 4.03 4.63 4.73 3.86 3.96 3.90 4.20 4.00 3.56 3.77 3.66 3.32
2001 4.03 4.63 4.73 3.86 3.96 3.90 4.20 4.00 3.56 3.77 3.66 3.32
2002 4.15 4.92 5.02 3.92 4.02 3.88 4.47 3.98 3.57 4.00 3.67 3.30

* Currently Network and Non-Network customers face the same rate schedules, but due to different load characteristics pay different average rates.

  • Small General Service is 50 kW demand
  • Medium General Service is 50 kW and 1,000 kW
  • Large General Service is 1,000 kW and 10,000 kW
  • High Demand is 10,000 kW

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       Average Percent Increase

    Year Total Residential Sm Gen Serv Md Gen Serv Lg Gen Serv Hi Dem
    Gn Sv
    City Sbrb City Sbrb City NN City Net Sbrb City NN City Net Sbrb
    2000 3.2% 5.6% 7.8% 4.8% 7.5% 1.1% 8.4% 3.7% 3.4% 8.9% 6.3% 1.3%
    2001 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
    2002 3.0% 6.2% 6.1% 1.6% 1.5% -0.6% 6.4% -0.7% 0.3% 6.1% 0.3% -0.6%

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       Average Annual Bill Comparison
        Current and newly adopted SCL rates and current rates of neighboring utilities
    Customer Type Seattle City Light Current
    Puget Sound
    Energy
    Current
    Snohomish County
    PUD
    Current
    Tacoma
    Power
    Current 2000 2001 2002
    City Sbrb City Sbrb City Sbrb

    Residential

                       
     

    Low Use

    $229 $222 $228 $222 $228 $231 $237 $357 $317 $305
     

    Med. Use

    512 546 558 546 558 588 599 706 635 545
     

    High Use

    794 870 888 870 888 945 961 1,069 952 784

    Sm. Business

    1,314 1,384 1,420 1,384 1,420 1,406 1,442 2,409 1,764 1,588

    Med. Business

                       
      Non-Network 92,580 93,330 95,730 93,330 95,730 92,700 95,220 146,490 99,552 78,540
      Network 92,580 100,320   100,320   107,340        

    Lg. Business

                       
     

    Non-Network

    427,930 439,752 453,248 439,752 453,248 437,372 450,418 742,470 544,200 523,200
     

    Network

    427,930 473,465   473,465   506,043        
    Large Industry 9,376,745 9,536,462 9,536,462 9,483,275 11,829,744 10,562,400 8,364,240
    Residential Low-Use = 500kWh/month. Medium = 1,000 and High-Use=1,500. Small Business is 3,000 kWh per month. Medium Business is 200 MWh and 500 kW per month. Large Business is 1,000 MWh and 5 MW per month. Very Large Industry is 24,000 MWh and 60 MW per month. There are no network customers or very large industry customers in the suburbs. Current rates are those in effect September 1, 1999.
     

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