Natural gas offers residents
and developers several benefits, including lower expected energy costs,
increased home values, more cooking control and the comfort and pleasure
of gas fireplaces/stoves. The City of Ellensburg, in an effort to
mitigate higher wholesale electricity rates, provides many incentives
for adding gas service lines and switching to gas appliances, in both
new and existing homes.
Collectively, if the residents of Ellensburg fuel switch to natural gas
from electricity, everyone’s electricity rates could be lower, due to
avoiding high cost Tier 2 electricity rates from Bonneville Power.
Experts predict that gas will be 30% less expensive than electricity for
the foreseeable future.