News from Cascade

  • 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.

  • Pipeline Association of Washington hosting emergency responders training

    Oct 16, 2013

    The Pipeline Association of Washington is hosting three “train the trainer” courses designed for experienced emergency response training instructors to prepare them to deliver the pipeline emergencies curriculum to other emergency responders.  

    Mike Callan, a fire safety trainer, will conduct the eight-hour training courses. There is no cost for this training.  

    Date: November 12, 2013
    Registration / Refreshments and Lunch Served
    Program Run Time: 8am-4pm

    HAMMER Training Facility
    2890 Horn Rapids Rd
    Richland, WA 99332

    Date: November 14, 2013
    Registration / Refreshments and Lunch Served
    Program Run Time: 8am-4pm

    Cowlitz County Event Center
    1900 7th Ave
    Longview, WA 98632

    Date: November 15, 2013
    Registration / Refreshments and Lunch Served
    Program Run Time: 8am-4pm

    Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
    Training Center
    10319 E Appleway Blvd
    Spokane Valley, WA  99201

    To register, visit the Pipeline Association of Washington’s website.

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

    Oct 14, 2013

    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 pipeline capacity, reservation and storage for natural gas. The overall request, which also includes the end of a year-long refund, means an approximately 12 percent increase for Cascade customers in Oregon.

    "The cost of gas, which includes pipeline, reservation and storage costs, is up slightly over last year. However, overall costs remain lower than just three years ago," 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, coupled with the end of a year-long refund, means a residential customer using 55 therms a month can expect an increase of $5.71 on average per month, or approximately $69 for a 12-month period. A commercial customer using an average of 230 therms a month can expect an increase of $22.90 per month or approximately $275 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, 2013, upon PUC approval.

    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.

    Media Contact: Mark Hanson at (701) 530-1093 or mark.hanson@mduresources.com.

  • Cascade Natural Gas files rate increase request with Washington UTC

    Sep 27, 2013

    KENNEWICK, WASH. Cascade Natural Gas Corporation announced today that it has filed a Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to reflect the increase in pipeline capacity, reservation and storage for natural gas. The overall request, which also includes the end of a year-long refund, means a 19 percent increase for Cascade customers in Washington.

    “The cost of gas, which includes pipeline, reservation and storage costs, is up slightly over last year. However, overall costs remain lower than just three years ago,” 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 straight pass-through cost to customers. Cascade does not make a return on the cost of gas.”

    The request, coupled with the end of a year-long refund, means a residential customer using 54 therms a month can expect an increase of $8.43 on average per month, or approximately $101 for a 12-month period. A commercial customer using an average of 266 therms a month can expect an increase of $41.70 per month or approximately $500 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, 2013, upon WUTC approval.

    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.                        

    Media Contact: Mark Hanson at (701) 530-1093 or mark.hanson@mduresources.com

  • 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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    Media Contact: Mark Hanson at (701) 530-1093 or mark.hanson@mduresources.com

  • Cascade Natural Gas requests a decrease in natural gas rates in Washington

    Oct 02, 2012

    Cascade Natural Gas Corporation announced today that it has filed a Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to reflect the decline in the wholesale price of natural gas. The request would save residential customers 4.97 percent on their natural gas bill.

    “Wholesale natural gas prices decreased again, which allows us to offer our Washington customers a rate decrease,” said Frank Morehouse, executive vice president and general manager for Cascade. “Increased domestic production and ample supplies in storage are key reasons natural gas prices have remained low across the country. It’s a good time to be a natural gas customer.”

    The request, coupled with an additional one-year rate reduction submitted to the WUTC on Friday, means a typical residential customer using 57 therms a month would see a reduction of $3.76 a month, or 6.49 percent. A commercial customer using 282 therms a month would see a decrease of $18.85 a month, or a 7 percent decrease.

    The cost of gas, which makes up the largest part of a customer’s bill, is a straight pass through to the customer; the utility cannot make a profit on the cost of gas.

    A PGA is a mechanism designed to pass the actual costs of gas supplies to customers. The proposed rate reduction is expected to go into effect on Nov. 1, 2012.

    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.

    Media Contact: Mark Hanson at (701) 530-1093 or mark.hanson@mduresources.com

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

    Sep 24, 2012

    Cascade Natural Gas Corporation filed Friday a request with the Oregon Public Utility Commission that calls for a decrease in the price of natural gas to customers as well as an annual adjustment for the Conservation Alliance Plan.

    The proposed Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) would result in a 17.42 percent decrease for residential customers, a 20.24 percent decrease for small commercial customers, a 20.92 percent decrease for large volume core customers and a 22.72 percent decrease for large volume interruptible customers.

    The rate changes will be effective Nov. 1 upon PUC approval.

    “Changes in what Cascade pays for the cost of natural gas and transportation services has decreased, which allows us to pass along those savings to our Oregon customers,” said Frank Morehouse, executive vice president and general manager for Cascade. “Along with our adjustment for our Conservation Alliance Plan, this will translate into a nice cost reduction for our customers.”

    The cost of gas, which makes up the largest part of a customer’s bill, is a straight pass-through to the customer; the utility cannot make a profit on the cost of gas.

    If approved by the PUC, a typical Oregon residential customer using 55 therms a month can expect a reduction of $9.86 on their monthly bill, or $118.32 in savings for usage over a 12-month period assuming average weather conditions. A commercial customer using an average of 231 therms a month can expect a decrease of $41.76 on their monthly bill, or $501.12 in savings for usage over a 12-month period.

    A PGA is a mechanism designed to pass the actual costs of gas supplies to customers.

    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.

    Media Contact: Mark Hanson at (701) 530-1093 or mark.hanson@mduresources.com

  • Cascade Natural Gas to Expand Support, Energy Education for Industrial Customers and Residents in the CNGC Service Area

    Jun 06, 2012

    John Cooley Photo

    Cascade Natural Gas Corporation announced today that their customers will now have a dedicated liaison available to support their energy needs and provide critical information regarding services offered by the company.

    This comprehensive new position was developed in response to increased demand and interest for natural-gas-focused information and services. The new position will help facilitate the distribution of comprehensive information to support community energy usage decisions, serve as primary contact for commercial and industrial customers and meet the needs of the communities they serve.

    John Cooley, a lifetime resident of central Oregon, and long-time employee of Cascade was promoted to fulfill the role of Manager of Industrial and Marketing Services in April. Now based from the Cascade General Office in Kennewick, Cooley will serve as a resource and key contact for Cascade commercial and industrial customers and will help develop new strategies for providing essential information on Cascade natural gas and services to both business and homeowners throughout Cascade’s service territory.

    John has 30 years experience in the construction of relationships between builders, building officials, regional planners and other leaders in the energy industry. During his time with Cascade, he has been part of the growth of central Oregon’s infrastructure system by analyzing and resolving business energy needs.

    Cascade encourages those interested in learning more about the information and services offered by Cascade, to call 1-888-522-1130.

    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.

    Media Contact: Mark Hanson at (701) 530-1093 or mark.hanson@mduresources.com

 

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