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Public Comment Opportunity: Avista Gas Rate Hike
June 6, 2023

Avista is seeking to increase gas bills to expand the gas system when they should be shrinking it.

Oregon has climate goals requiring gas utilities to slash pollution by 90% by 2050. However, Avista, a gas utility that operates widely in Southern Oregon, is in front of the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC), seeking to raise an additional $10.9 million a year, resulting in an average 8.1% increase in residential gas bills

This comes on the heels of an 18% increase just last year. They are proposing that gas customers foot the bill for, among other things, continued spending on expanding the gas system and paying subsidies for new customers to hook up to the system when we know that the gas pipeline system must shrink to meet Oregon's climate goals. 

What can you do about it?

Avista has asked the OPUC to approve this rate hike, and the Commission needs to hear from all of us before making the decision. Please weigh in via public testimony during the hearing on June 7th at 6 pm. For details about how to testify, you can use this testimony guide.

If you can’t make this hearing, you can email your thoughts to PUC.PublicComments@puc.oregon.gov (subject line: Attn.: UG 461).

Info for Hearing:

When: Wednesday, June 7th, 6-7 pm

Where: https://puc-oregon-gov.zoomgov.com/j/1613282277?pwd=Qko4c2J5cE81blNhT200M2hpSXRUUT09

Alternatively, you can dial in via phone: 

Phone Number: 1 669 254 5252 

Webinar ID: 161 328 2277 

Passcode: 6215321238 

For more info, see: https://edocs.puc.state.or.us/efdocs/HCG/ug461hcg144425.pdf

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Greer Ryan

Oregon Clean Buildings Policy Manager, Climate Solutions

Greer works to advance policies and regulations that will drive a rapid transition to 100% clean, safe, and equitable buildings for all. 

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Greer was a Senior Energy Policy Analyst at the Center for Biological Diversity. In this role, she advanced various energy justice policy solutions, including reducing barriers to distributed solar, ensuring consumer protections from utility shutoffs, and increasing transparency and accountability of utility influence spending.  

Greer holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University and a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. In her free time, Greer enjoys exploring Oregon's beautiful outdoors with her dog, swimming, and vegan baking.