PUC schedules public hearing on proposed Columbia Gas rate increase

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The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission scheduled a hearing to get the public’s opinion on the proposed Columbia Gas rate increase.

The proposal would increase annual revenues by $46.9 million dollars. Under the proposal, the average monthly bill for a typical residential customer, using 70 therms of gas per month, would increase from $91.63 to $99.88 per month.

Columbia Gas also proposed to increase the current monthly residential customer charge from $16.75 to $18.25.

The hearing, conducted by PUC Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Watson, will be held at the following location and time:

Thursday, June 21, 2018
6:00 P.M.
Courthouse Square Building
100 West Beau Street
Washington, PA 15301   

Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearings and provide comments. Their testimony will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.

The PUC and Office of Consumer Advocate offer tips on how to participate, including:

    Prepare what you are going to say beforehand.  Even though it is not required, you may want to write out your statement, which can be read.
    Bring copies if you are attending an in-person hearing.  If you have a written statement you would like to give to the judge, please bring two copies for the court reporter and several copies for the other participants.
    Understand that parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.

Any person with special needs wishing to attend the hearing may call the PUC scheduling office (717-787-1399) at least five (5) business days prior to the hearing to make arrangements. For persons who are deaf or hearing-impaired, the AT&T Relay Service number is 1-800-654-5988.

More information on the PUC ratemaking process is available on the Commission’s website.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

Visit the PUC’s website at www.puc.pa.gov for recent news releases and video of select proceedings. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. Search for the “Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission” or “PA PUC” on your favorite social media channel for updates on utility issues and other helpful consumer information.

The final decision will be made by December 15, 2018. 

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