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Spire Gas Customers To See Increase This Week

 

A Missouri Public Service Commission decision made in November takes affect for Spire Gas customers starting Thursday (December 23) and will raise customer bills in our area by more than eight dollars per month.

That November decision was regarding tariff’s reflecting Spire’s net increase in annual natural gas operating revenues of nearly $25-million dollars. In December 2020 Spire requested an increase to their rates that would equal $65-million dollars.

Under the approved decision a residential customer using 100 Ccf’s (10,000 cubic feet) of natural gas in a winter month will see an increase in the monthly natural gas bill of approximately $1.52 a month in the Spire East service area, which covers mostly the St. Louis area, and an increase of approximately $8.12 a month in the Spire West service area, which includes customers in Andrew, Buchanan, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, DeKalb, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray counties in our listening area.

The agreement however keeps monthly customer charges steady at $22 per month in the Spire East service area and $20 per month in the Spire West service area, and expands the company’s Low-Income Energy Affordability Program eligibility to 200-percent of the federal poverty line, up from 185-percent.

This rate case generally reflected “non-gas” costs, like operating and maintenance expenses in providing natural gas to customers, return on investment in plant items such as meters, mains and service lines that deliver natural gas. The actual cost of the natural gas was not a part of this rate case.

 



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