Avista Requests ID Rate Increase
Residential Bill Would Go Up 3.5%
LEWISTON, ID – Your power bill could go up slightly beginning in January. It’s currently .4% lower than in 2016, but an increase of 3.5% is likely coming. The average bill would go up $2.89 per month. Some commercial bills would also go up by about 1.5%.
Avista President Dennis Vermillion cited the rising cost of improvements to sources like the Little Falls Dam that is more than 100 years old. “We’re making significant investments in our infrastructure and systems every year to maintain, upgrade and ensure the safety, reliability and resiliency of the equipment and facilities that serve our customers every day.”
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will review the request before any increase can happen.
The last time Avista requested a rate change in Idaho was in June 2017.