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Payment Plans & Bill Assistance

Seattle City Light is disconnecting customers for non-payment. City Light has flexible payment plans available to all customers. For income-eligible residential customers, we have bill assistance programs available, including emergency bill assistance and the Utility Discount Program. If your electricity has been disconnected, call (206) 684-3000 Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm to discuss your options.

Payment Plan

If you are behind on your bill, you can apply for a short-term or long-term payment plan and have up to 24 months to repay your past due balance. Apply online or call (206) 256-5200.

Business Billing and Account Information

Managing your operational costs is critical for your bottom line. We’re here to help make it easy to understand your energy usage, bill, and utility rates, so you’ll have more control in managing your energy costs.

Your Bill: How it Works

  • Billing frequency - choose to receive monthly or bi-monthly bills
  • Payment terms - bills are typically due within 10-30 days of receipt
  • Rates and charges 

Sample Bills

Click below to view example City Light bills for businesses.

Example of a small or medium business bill from Seattle City Light

Example of a large or commercial business bill from Seattle City Light

Business Energy Rates

  • Rates are made up of several components that are required to cover the costs of providing your service—no more, no less.
  • Rates must be approved by the Seattle City Council. Rates are generally proposed and approved every two years.
  • Rates increased slightly in 2020. The next rate increase will occur in 2022.
  • Our rates are among the most competitive in the country, especially considering our carbon-neutral electricity product. We work hard to keep our costs as affordable as possible while continuing to provide our customers with the reliable green power they’ve come to expect.

Learn more about our business energy rates.

City Light

Debra Smith, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34023, Seattle, WA, 98124-4023
Phone: (206) 684-3000
SCL_ExternalComms@seattle.gov

Seattle City Light was created by the citizens of Seattle in 1902 to provide affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electric power to the City of Seattle and neighboring suburbs.