Electric (Light) Utility
History & Service
The City formed a municipal electric utility in 1892 making it the oldest municipal electric utility in Washington. The utility serves almost 10,000 customers within the City limits and purchases all of its power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).
Rates & Revenues
As a public, customer-owned utility, our mandate is to serve customers with a safe, reliable, and low-cost energy source. The citizens of Ellensburg enjoy the lowest electric rates in Kittitas County
. Operating revenues for 2015 are projected at $15.6 million on sales of 210 million kilowatt hours (kWh). The City has two substations and building a third in 2015 which are fed from BPA.
Current capacity and plans for future improvements to the transmission system should assure anyone that the City can accommodate the future power needs of almost any type of customer. The cost of power for residential customers is $0.0593 per kWh.