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The Portland utility filed its request Sept. 15 asking that the commission reduce residential rates by 6.4 percent and commercial rates by 7.3 percent.

NW Natural has asked the Oregon Public Utility Commission to approve a lower residential and commercial rate for this year.NW Natural is asking Oregon's Public Utility Commission to approve a reduced rate for the third consecutive year.

If adopted, customers can expect to see lower bills starting Nov. 1.

NW Natural provides natural gas service to about 730,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The natural gas utility filed its request Sept. 15 asking that the commission reduce residential rates by 6.4 percent and commercial rates by 7.3 percent. If approved, a typical residential customer using an average of 50 therms a month could save about $3.43 each month. A typical commercial customer using 231 therms a month could save $15.62 a month.

The utility said the filing reflects anticipated low natural gas prices during the coming year because of abundant natural gas supplies.

The commission is expected to approve this year's filing by the end of October. New rates would be effective Nov. 1.

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