Atmos Energy files for gas rate increases in Colorado
Steamboat Springs — A proposal by Atmos Energy to increase natural gas base rates would increase residential bills by an average of 5.4 percent in Northwest Colorado, according to a news release.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is taking public comment on the proposed rate increase at hearings in Greeley and Canon City. The department also is taking comments by mail (PUC, 1560 Broadway, Suite 250, Denver, CO 80202) and on its website (dora.colorado.gov/puc). Comments should reference docket number 14AL-0300G.
The total rate increase would be $4.8 million. Rate increases for residential customers would be 7.2 percent in the northeast region, 5.4 percent in the northwest/central region, 7.7 percent in the southeast region and 7.6 percent in the southwest region.
Commercial customers in the northwest/central and southwest regions would not see a rate increase and might see a slight decrease. The northeast and southeast regions could see increases of 0.1 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
This most recent rate increase proposal comes after Atmos was granted a $1.3 million increase in base rate revenues in March based on its expenses. Atmos states that it has invested more than $14 million in its natural gas delivery system since the end of 2012.
Atmos provides natural gas service to more than 110,000 customers in 16 Colorado counties, including Routt.
The public hearing in Greeley is scheduled for June 19 at the Farr Regional Library, and the Canon City meeting is set for July 1 at a location yet to be determined. Both meetings will start at 4 p.m.
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