MGE gas rate hike hearing set

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The MO Public Service Commission has established the deadline for those seeking to intervene and participate in a natural gas rate case filed by MO Gas Energy (MGE), a division of Laclede Gas Company.

Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than Oct. 18 with the Secretary of the MO Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0360 or in the Commission's Electronic Filing and Information System (EFIS).

Individual citizens seeking to comment should contact either the Office of the Public Counsel (Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Suite 650, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, MO 65102-2230, telephone (866) 922-2959, e-mail opcservice@ded.mo.gov) or the Public Service Commission Staff (P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, MO 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, e-mail pscinfo@psc.mo.gov).

The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency that represents the general public in matters before the Commission.

Formal evidentiary hearings are scheduled for April 14 through 25, 2014. These hearings will be held in Room 310 of the Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Jefferson City. The Governor Office Building meets accessibility standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If any person needs additional accommodations to participate in these hearings, please call the MO Public Service Commission's hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay MO at 711 before the hearings.

Recommendations regarding the locations, dates and times for local public hearings are to be filed with the Commission no later than Nov. 15.

On Sept. 16, MGE filed a natural gas rate case with the MO Public Service Commission seeking a general rate increase of approximately $23.4 million. According to the company, if the rate increase were approved in its entirety, an average MGE residential customer would see a net increase of $2.33 a month, above amounts currently being collected in rates.

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