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Mountaineer Gas Customer Bills Could Decrease If PSC Approves Plan

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The West Virginia Public Service Commission headquarters in Charleston.
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Mountaineer Gas customers may get a break on their monthly bills if the Public Service Commission approves a settlement.

Mountaineer asked the PSC in March to approve a roughly 6 percent increase in base customer rates, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Under a proposed settlement filed last Friday, the rates would increase by 4 percent. However, the Kanawha County Commission said on Tuesday that rates would decrease if the PSC approves the plan.

That’s because the increase would be offset by a reduction in the Purchased Gas Adjustment and Infrastructure Replacement and Expansion programs.

According to the commission, the current average monthly cost to residential gas users is $98.30. Under the proposed settlement, the average would decrease to $88.69, a savings of $9.61.

The PSC last month approved an increase for Appalachian Power customers. An increase for West Virginia American Water customers is pending.