Rates & fees
The Bonneville Power Administration recently issued a rate increase for some of its customers for FY 2024/2025. The PUD, which receives more than 75% of its power from BPA, passes through rate increases from BPA to all customers. This 1.398% rate increase took place Nov. 1, 2023 and will result in the average residential customers’ bills increasing by a little more than $1.50 per month. PUD commercial and industrial customers will see a slight increase to the energy and demand charges. To learn more about the BPA pass-through rate increase, click on Electric Rates below.
Residential base charge
Electric rates for other services
Frequently asked questions
Rates include the cost of purchasing or producing power (energy charge); the cost of getting that power to your home or business, including not only equipment but labor and facilities (distribution charge), and administrative overhead costs (customer charge).
Most rates in the region include both energy and distribution costs together. One of the major changes in deregulation is the separation of these costs (often referred to as “unbundling” of rates). Some utilities charge a basic monthly customer charge on top of energy-usage/distribution charges.
Rates differ from residential to commercial to large industrial customers largely because of the costs it involves to get power to each customer classification.
Each class has the same amount of energy charge built into its rate structure. But it’s cheaper to deliver power to one large industrial customer than to several small homes because often the large industrial customer has its own substation and takes power at a much higher voltage than residential customers who must have the voltage lowered for them to use in their households.
Delivering power to our growing customer base requires many substations, poles, distribution wires, switching stations, transformers, etc. That’s basically why large industrial customers have lower rates than residential customers.
This chart compares residential bills from various regional utilities. Based on 1,000 kilowatt-hours (average rates, as of October 2021; includes customer charges where applicable)
|Grays Harbor PUD
|Seattle City Light
|Portland General Electric
|Puget Sound Energy