Washington Gas applies to raise Northern Virginia rates

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The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has scheduled a hearing to consider a request by Washington Gas to increase rates for natural gas customers in its Northern Virginia and upper Shenandoah service areas.

The company serves approximately 525,000 customers in Virginia.

Washington Gas seeks an increase in annual operating revenue of $37.6 million. For the typical residential customer, the company’s request would increase the monthly bill by approximately $2.10. The request reflects the lower federal corporate income tax rate.

By law, the company can increase rates on an interim basis beginning January 2, 2019. Interim rates based on the company’s request are subject to refund with interest pending a final order of the Commission.

A hearing in Richmond is scheduled for April 30, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Commission’s second-floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building at 1300 East Main Street. Any person wishing to offer public comment at the hearing should arrive early and sign in with the SCC bailiff.

No hearings are scheduled in Northern Virginia.

Written comments on the petition are due April 23, 2019, and may be submitted to the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23219-2118, and refer to case number PUR-2018-00080. Written comments may also be submitted online via the SCC’s website at www.scc.virginia.gov/case/PublicComments.aspx. Find case number PUR-2018-00080, and click on the “submit comments” button for this case.


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Truman Lewis
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