Tell WUTC Commissioners to deny PSE rate hike!
Major price hike
Puget Sound Energy has asked the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) to approve energy price hikes of 6.9% for electricity and 7.9% for natural gas. If approved, PSE would collect $200 million in additional annual revenue. Customers will receive little or no benefit.
The WUTC is taking public comments until February 6th. The Commission accepts comments by web, mail, e-mail and phone. Every comment helps us achieve a better outcome.
Quick and easy comment
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Create your own comment
A comment you write yourself is even more effective than a form letter. It doesn’t have to be long or legally brilliant. Even a few sentences will make a difference.
Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org (click link to start your email)
Subject: PSE Rate Case, Dockets UE-190529 & UG-190530
Include your name, address, and identify yourself as a PSE gas and/or electric customer.
- PSE customers already have some of the highest electricity rates in the state
- PSE is building un-needed infrastructure such as Energize Eastside, the Lake Hills Transmission Line, and the Tacoma LNG facility in order to raise rates and increase profits
- You might list improvements for which you’d be willing to accept a rate increase, for example:
- Cleaner energy
- Increased safety
- Improved quality of life and aesthetics in our neighborhoods
- Preservation of trees
- Improved reliability
- Smart technology and micro-grids to maintain power after disasters like earthquakes or malicious attacks
- More transparent reporting and accountability
- Faster response to outages
- Better vegetation management
- More undergrounding of wires
You could say that PSE is not proposing to accomplish any of these things with this rate hike. If PSE is not putting forward a compelling vision for the future of our energy, why should we reward them with a rate increase? That would just perpetuate bad behavior and outcomes contrary to our community values.
If you want more ideas for comments, here is a good article from 350 Tacoma.