News from Cascade

  • Cascade Natural Gas files rate increase request with Washington UTC

    Sep 30, 2014

    KENNEWICK, WASH. – Sept. 30, 2014 – Cascade Natural Gas Corporation announced today that it has filed a Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA), as well as two other filings, with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to reflect the annual adjustment in the cost of natural gas, including an increase in pipeline capacity, the cost recovery of energy efficiency programs and the cost recovery of its pipeline replacement program. The overall request is a 5.62 percent increase for Cascade customers in Washington.

    “The bulk of this increase request is because of an increase in pipeline capacity that is needed to meet demand, as well as the commodity cost of gas, which is up slightly over last year,” said Scott Madison, executive vice president and general manager for Cascade. “Last winter was very cold across the nation, which drew down reserves to their lowest levels since 2003. A lot of natural gas is going back into storage, which has created a slight increase in the demand on natural gas.”

    The cost of gas makes up the largest segment of a customer’s bill and is a straight pass-through cost to customers. Cascade does not make a return on the cost of gas.

    Each of the filings breaks down as follows: 
    • PGA filing for the cost of natural gas and pipeline capacity increase: 5.24 percent increase.
    • Energy efficiency program cost recovery: 0.1 percent decrease.
    • Pipeline replacement cost recovery: 0.48 percent increase.

    The combined effect of the filings means a residential customer using 56 therms a month can expect an increase of $3.38 on average per month, or approximately $40.56 for a 12-month period. A commercial customer using an average of 271 therms a month can expect an increase of $16.21 per month or approximately $194.52 for a 12-month period.

    A PGA is a mechanism designed to pass the actual costs of gas supplies to customers. It is very common for the company to either under or over collect through the year as the natural gas market changes throughout the year. The actual purchase price usually differs from the projected price.

    The proposed rate increase is expected to go into effect on Nov. 1, 2014, upon WUTC approval.


  • Cascade Natural Gas files rate increase request with Oregon Public Utility Commission

    Sep 15, 2014

    KENNEWICK, WASH. – Cascade Natural Gas Corporation announced today that it has filed a Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) with the Oregon Public Utility Commission to reflect the increase in the cost of natural gas for a 12-month period. The overall request means an approximately 1 percent increase for Cascade customers in Oregon.

    “Last winter was very cold, which drew down reserves to their lowest levels since 2003. A lot of natural gas is going back into storage, which has created a slight increase in the demand on natural gas,” said Scott Madison, executive vice president and general manager for Cascade. “The cost of gas makes up the largest segment of a customer’s bill and is a pass-through cost to customers.”

    The request means a residential customer using 55 therms a month can expect an increase of $0.37 on average per month, or approximately $4.44 for a 12-month period. A commercial customer using an average of 230 therms a month can expect an increase of $0.60 per month or approximately $7.20 for a 12-month period.

    A PGA is a mechanism designed to pass the actual costs of gas supplies to customers. It is very common for the company to either under or over collect through the year as the natural gas market changes throughout the year. The actual purchase price usually differs from the projected price. Also, the projected price is based on average weather conditions.

    The proposed rate increase is expected to go into effect on Nov. 1, 2014, upon PUC approval.

    Cascade Natural Gas is a natural gas distribution company serving approximately 268,000 residential, commercial, industrial and transportation customers in 96 communities in Washington and Oregon. Cascade is a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc., a multidimensional natural resources enterprise traded on the New York Stock Exchange as “MDU.” For more information about MDU Resources, visit the company’s Web site at www.mdu.com. For more information about Cascade, visit www.cngc.com.

  • City of Bend increases franchise fee tax for Cascade Natural Gas customers

    Aug 05, 2014

    The Bend, Oregon, City Council recently approved Ordinance No. 2222, granting a franchise by the city of Bend to Cascade Natural Gas Corporation. With this approval, the city has imposed an increase in the collection of the franchise fee from 4.5 percent to 5 percent.

    The non-exclusive franchise agreement between the city of Bend and Cascade Natural Gas allows the city to collect a maximum permissible franchise fee of 8 percent of gross revenues. The city has chosen a franchise fee of 5 percent to be assessed as follows:  Cascade Natural Gas will contribute the first 3 percent of the fee as per Oregon Public Utility Commission Tariff 100, and the remaining 2 percent will be paid by the customer on their monthly billing statement as “City Tax.” 

    The increased tax will be reflected on all bills of customers living within the city limits of Bend, Oregon, starting Sept. 3, 2014.

  • Cascade Natural Gas providing service to natural gas fueling station for garbage trucks

    Jul 17, 2014

    Cascade Natural Gas is providing infrastructure and natural gas to a compressed natural gas fueling station that opened in Pasco, Washington. The fueling station is owned by Commercial Fueling LLC and will provide service to Basin Disposal, which plans to convert its fleet of garbage trucks from diesel to natural gas. Not only will Basin Disposal save money on fuel but the conversion to natural gas will reduce emissions from its truck fleet by half.

    Numerous state and local dignitaries attended a ribbon-cutting event held at the site Friday.

    Cascade personnel invested considerable time in designing and installing infrastructure to serve the fueling station, the first private compressed natural gas station in Cascade’s service territory. The fueling station also will be open to customers from Pasco and West Richland, as well as trucks passing through the area. 

    Basin Disposal has committed to putting four new garbage trucks into service each January for the next four years, in addition to the initial four trucks that will run on CNG this year. 

    “While this isn’t a large-consumption customer, we are excited about connecting a customer whose consumption is not weather dependent, such as home heating,” said John Cooley, manager of industrial services at Cascade. “Customers like Basin can provide Cascade with a consistent revenue stream year-round.”














    Eric Martuscelli, vice president of operations, John Cooley, manager of industrial services, and Mike Clapp, region director represented Cascade Natural Gas in the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday in Pasco, Washington, for the opening of a new compressed natural gas fueling station.

  • Northwest Gas Association Releases 2014 Gas Outlook

    Mar 24, 2014

    Source: Northwest Gas Association Website - March 24, 2014
    This week the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA) released the 2014 edition of the annual Natural Gas Outlook Study, a regional look at natural gas supply, demand and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.

  • J.D. Power recognizes Cascade Natural Gas for outstanding customer satisfaction

    Sep 18, 2013

    KENNEWICK, WASH. – Cascade Natural Gas received the highest ranking in satisfaction among residential natural gas customers in the midsize natural gas utilities segment of the West Region in a tie, according to a national survey.

    The 2013 J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customers Satisfaction StudySM was released today. Cascade Natural Gas received a score of 655, which tied with Intermountain Gas Company for the highest among midsize natural gas utilities in the West Region. The regional average score was 646. The study looks at six survey areas: billing and payment, price, corporate citizenship, communications, field service and customer service.

    “This is an outstanding recognition for our employees who make it their highest priority every day to provide safe and reliable natural gas service,” said Scott Madison, executive vice president and general manager of Cascade Natural Gas. “Cascade takes great pride in serving our more than 264,000 customers in Washington and Oregon.”

    In its 12th year, the study surveys customer satisfaction across a number of factors, including billing and payment, price, corporate citizenship, communications, customer service and field service.

    Cascade Natural Gas is a natural gas distribution company serving approximately 260,000 residential, commercial, industrial and transportation customers in 96 communities in Washington and Oregon. Cascade is a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc., a multidimensional natural resources enterprise traded on the New York Stock Exchange as “MDU.” For more information about MDU Resources, visit the company’s Web site at www.mdu.com. For more information about Cascade, visit www.cngc.com.                                                     

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