Puget Sound Enegy to pay $250,000 state fine

Associated Press

OLYMPIA — State regulators have fined Puget Sound Energy $250,000 for violating a 2010 order requiring the utility to review and correct specific customer accounts.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission last week approved a multiparty settlement of a complaint filed a year ago that alleged 515 violations of the 2010 order.

PSE spokeswoman Dorothy Bracken said the company accepts the terms of the settlement agreement and will pay the $250,000 fine. She says the money will come from PSE owners and not from customers.

The commission penalized the company $104,300 in October 2010 for improperly handling accounts of customers, including many low-income customers, disconnected for nonpayment.

Bellevue-based PSE serves more than 1 million electric customers and about 785,000 natural gas customers, mostly in Western Washington.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, www.peninsuladailynews.com