NW Natural requesting 11% rate hike

The utility’s customers are in for bigger bills come November 1, but advocates for residential customers are calling the proposed rate hike into question.

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural customers are in for bigger bills come Nov. 1. The utility has proposed a rate hike, but advocates for the millions of residential customers are pushing back.

When a utility company wants to increase its rates, they go before Oregon’s Public Utility Commission to explain why customers should pay more for the service. Sometimes, advocates say, those rate increases are justified because you want systems to run smoothly and work for everyone all the time, so upgrades and

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