Thursday, September 26, 2013

Intermountain Gas Customer Rates to Increase October 1

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Beginning next Tuesday, Oct. 1, customers of Intermountain Gas will be hit with an average rate increase of 4.15 percent. In particular, the increase is tied to the Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment, the variable portion of rates that customers pay for natural gas. About half of a customer's monthly bill is the variable PGA portion.

What that means for customers who use natural gas for space and water hearing the increase will be approximately $1.85 per month while customers who use natural gas for space heating only will see an average monthly increase of 68 cents. Commercial customers will see an approximate monthly increase of $14.18.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission, which approved the increase, says its Intermountain Gas's first customer rate increase in five years. In 2012, customers say a rate decrease of 7.1 percent; in 2011 the decrease was 5.3 percent; in 2010, there was a 1.6 percent decrease and in 2009 there was a 22.2 decrease.

Intermountain Gas said this year's increase is primarily due to an increase in transportation costs billed to the company by the Northwest Pipeline as well as an increase in the weighted average cost of gas.

Intermountain Gas serves about 320,000 customers across Idaho.

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