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
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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.
Average Annual Bill Comparison Current and newly adopted SCL rates and current rates of neighboring utilities
Seattle City Light
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.