The Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners has approved an increase in customer rates. The 1.5% increase will go into effect on August 1st.

The increase was approved in December as part of the 2014 budget. However, the commissioners agreed to postpone a portion of the increase to help move the District away from winter increases to the summer when bills are lower and household expenses are not as high.

“We understand that when bills go up it has a big impact on customers,” said Commission President Russ Skolrood. “For that reason, we delayed a portion of this increase until August 1st when electricity bills are not as high. The extra time also gave our staff a chance to make some adjustments and reduce the size of the increase.”

The PUD had expected an increase of 1.75%, however those adjustments allowed the increase to be lowered by a quarter-percent. The need for the increase is driven by rising operational costs, especially an increase in power costs from the Bonneville Power Administration.