State officials said Roanoke Gas Company has requested to raise its base rates for customers in the Roanoke Valley.
The State Corporation Commission said it will consider the request by Roanoke Gas Company and has scheduled a heading for June 26.
The SCC said the proposed rate increase would be used to pay for repairing, upgrading and operating the system of pipes used to deliver natural gas to 55,000 homes and businesses in the region.
A statement from the SCC said the average monthly residential bill of $52.79 would increase by $5.61 monthly.
The hearing in June will be held at the SCC courtroom in Richmond.
CLICK HERE to submit public comment on the proposed natural gas rate hike.
STATEMENT FROM STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION:
The State Corporation Commission ( SCC) will consider a request by Roanoke Gas Company to increase its base rates for its na tural gas customers in Virginia. The company serves approximately 55,000 households in Roanoke and the surrounding area. Roanoke Gas seeks an increase in annual operating revenue of $10.5 million. The proposal increases base rates, the portion of a customer’s bill charged to recover the costs of repairing, upgrading, and operating the system of pipes used to deliver natural gas to customers . For the average residential customer who uses 5.52 deka therms of gas , a monthly bill of $52.79 would increase, according to the company, by approximately $ 5.61, or 10.63 percent . Under state law, the company may increase its rates on an interim basis beginning January 1, 2019. In terim rates based on the company’s re quest may be subject to refund with interest pending a final order of the Commission. A hearing is scheduled for June 26, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Commission’s second – floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building at 1300 East Main Street , Richmond, Virginia . Any person wishing to offer public comment at the hearing should arrive early and sign in with the SCC bailiff. Written comments on the application are due June 19, 2019, and may be submitted to the Cle rk of the State Corporation Commission’s Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23219 – 2118, and refer to case number PUR – 2018 – 00013. C omments may also be submitted online via the SCC’s website at www.scc.virginia.gov/case/PublicComments.aspx . Find case number PUR – 2018 – 00013, and click on the “submit comments” button for the case