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Category: Energy and Utilities


Monique Trudnowski appointed to Tacoma Public Utilities board

Monique Trudnowski, Tacoma restaurant owner and chairwoman of the Tacoma Regional Convention + Vistor Bureau, has been appointed to serve a five-year term as a member of the Tacoma Public Utility board. She will attend her first board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In her role as co-owner and operator of Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar, and as a community activist, Trudnowski recently received congressional recognition for her service to the greater Tacoma area and the state.

“I am interested in adding another layer of knowledge and advocacy by serving the customers of Tacoma Public Utilities,” Trudnowski

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State approves rate increases for PSE electric and gas customers

State regulators Tuesday approved electric and gas price increases for Puget Sound Energy customers that will raise the average electric bill by $3.24 monthly and the average natural gas bill by $1.28 a month.

The rate increases will take effect Monday.  The rate changes are part of a multi-year rate increase plan that allows the Bellevue-based PSE to raise rates by a maximum of  3 percent of its annual revenues.

PSE will be allowed to increase residential electric customers’ rates by 3.34 percent this year while natural gas rates will change by 1.55 percent.

The approved rate increases will yield

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South Sound gas prices continue sharp decline while nationwide prices are steady

Average gasoline prices in the South Sound have fallen nearly 10 cents in the last week and more than three cents since Monday.

That sharp decline continues the trend that began in the third week of May when prices here briefly topped $4 a gallon.  Average prices, The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder reports, have dropped 33 cents a gallon in about three weeks.

That average Tuesday morning was $3.69 a gallon in the Tacoma area.

Price leaders were two Arco stations, one at North 11th and Pearl streets and the other at 11908 Pacific Ave.,

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Public hearing this week in Olympia to discuss PSE rate increases for electricity and natural gas

Staff at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission have invited electric and natural gas customers of Puget Sound Energy to offer state regulators comments on the utility’s proposed multi-year rate plan and electric “decoupling.”

Comments will be received at a public hearing on May 16 in Olympia. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the UTC at 1300 S. Evergreen Park Dr. S.W.

Commission staff members have reached a multi-party settlement agreement on a four-year plan concerning PSE’s request to increase electric and natural gas rates, according to a staff release.

The proposal includes

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South Sound gas prices moving upward again

After a nearly month-long decline, South Sound gasoline prices are climbing upward again this week.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded regular in the Tacoma area hit nearly $3.73 a gallon Tuesday.  That’s up nearly 12 cents a gallon since last Tuesday.

That average price is the same as it was at the end of March in the South Sound.  Prices hit a low at the end of April when the average descended to about $3.58 a gallon.  In early March, those prices peaked at $3.86 a gallon.

Gas was still available at some stations for less than

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Major master-planning effort for 600 acres of downtown Tacoma is ready for your review

A master-planning process that began in the fall of 2011 has produced a deep look at downtown Tacoma’s Brewery and Dome districts, full of ideas for the way it should develop during the next several decades to accommodate major population growth.

It’s your turn to comment.

It’s important that you do. Part of the plan includes an area-wide environmental impact statement, which, if ultimately approved, will allow commercial real estate developers to skip individual environmental review on their project. The idea is to encourage development by helping investors save money while still ensuring the development fits in with the

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Gas prices up nearly eight cents for the week

South Sound gas prices escalated by nearly eight cents in the last week, but some energy experts are predicting that prices may moderate soon.

In the Tacoma area Friday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gas was $3.75 a gallon. That’s up 7.6 cents from Friday last week according to The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder.

Prices here have risen 38 cents a gallon since Jan. 22.  But that’s less than the 44.8 cents a gallon that gas prices have jumped nationwide.

Patrick DeHaan, gas price analysts for said he expects that

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Business owners, here’s a chance to learn how to be more sustainable

Encourage your employees to carpool. Minimize trash at the office. Learn about these steps toward sustainability and more, for free.

The sixth annual South Sound Sustainability Expo is March 2 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway. The event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature services, products, companies and agencies that address sustainability needs in the local community, according to a City of Tacoma news release.

New this year is a mini Tacoma Farmers Market, an Art EnviroChallenger exhibit and an interpretive environmental dance performance by School of the Arts students, the release said. The event

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