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City Light Rate Proposal for 2015-2016

Posted July 1, 2014

The Mayor's rate proposal reflects the rate increase trajectory determined by City Light's 2014 Six-year Strategic Plan Update, which is 4.2 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. Proposed rates will be considered by City Council for formal adoption in the fall.

City Light Rate Changes Coming Jan. 1, 2014

Posted December 24, 2013

The rate increase implemented on Jan. 1, 2014 will incorporate an average system rate increase of 5.6 percent adopted on Sept. 17, 2012 by the City Council and a 1.2 percent automatic BPA pass-through effective Oct. 1, 2013.

In addition, Burien customers will see a new charge for the First Avenue South Undergrounding Phase 2 Project, which will amount to $0.0013/kWh for all customer classes except for Utility Discount Program participants, who will be charged $0.0005/kWh.

The table below summarizes average rate changes by rate class from Jan. 1, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014.

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2014 Average Rate Changes
  Total Residential Small Medium Large High Demand
All Areas 6.8% 7.2% 6.7% 6.5% 5.7% 7.7%
City 6.8% 7.2% 6.7% 6.6% 4.9% 7.8%
Network 6.5%     6.3% 6.7%  
Tukwila-Shoreline 6.7% 7.1% 6.4% 6.6% 4.7% 7.5%
Other Suburbs 7.1% 7.3% 6.6% 6.6% 5.0% n/a


Oct. 1, 2013: Rates increasing due to BPA Pass-through

Posted September 15, 2013

On July 24, 2013 the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) finalized new energy and transmission rates for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, City Light increased energy charges for all customer classes by $0.0009/kWh except for Utility Discount Program participants, who received a $0.0004/kWh increase.

The average rate increase across all customer classes due to this BPA pass-through is 1.2 percent.

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