Peoples Natural Gas requests rate increase

Peoples Natural Gas has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to increase its gas rates as of Oct. 1 – but the increase may not become a reality.

Peoples has requested an overall rate increase of $18.9 million per year. If Peoples entire request is approved, the total bill for a residential customer using 89 thousand cubic feet would increase from $80.87 to $85.07 per month, or 5.2 percent.

Just because the notice was filed that doesn’t necessarily mean the 5.2 percent increase will happen, said Barry Kukovich, Peoples spokesman.

“We are required to do this by the Public Utility Commission once a year. It is just our projection on what the gas commodity will cost in October of 2014. We are required to project a cost,” Kukovich said.

Peoples serves 360,000 customers in 16 western Pennsylvania counties, including 31,200 homes in Blair County.