Purchased Gas Adjustments for 2022
Each year, NW Natural files a Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) to reflect changes in the expected cost of natural gas for the upcoming winter heating season and account for the differences between the estimated and actual cost of natural gas from the previous year. NW Natural does not mark-up the price of gas; the PGA is a passthrough of costs for the wholesale price and delivery of natural gas.
NW Natural has taken several steps to maximize affordability, such as locking in gas purchases at lower rates, smart investments in energy storage, and energy efficiency measures – learn more below.
This year’s PGA comes at a time when there are increases in the wholesale cost of natural gas because of inflationary pressures, global disruption, and overall fluctuations in the energy market. Even in this period of high inflation and increased commodity costs, we believe NW Natural customers will be paying just slightly more than they did 15 years ago for their natural gas bills based on our preliminary estimates.
NW Natural filed its Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) with the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) on Sept. 16, 2022. This filing would result in approximately $3.08 more a month for the average residential customer in Oregon and about $33.59 more a month for the average small-commercial customer.
Rates will be further impacted by a separate NW Natural general rate case filed with the OPUC to recover operating costs and investments in the distribution system.
If approved, Oregon customers can expect to see the combined effect in rates starting November 1, 2022.
NW Natural filed its Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) on Sept. 14, 2022.
This filing would result in approximately $11.75 more a month for customers using an average of 57 therms per month, and about $50.14 more a month for customers using an average of 242 therms per month.
Rates will be further impacted by a separate NW Natural general rate case filed with the WUTC last year.
If approved, Washington customers can expect to see the combined effect in rates starting November 1, 2022.
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