FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- November 07, 2012
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
Natural Gas Rates to Change for North System Customers of Empire District Gas
JEFFERSON CITY---To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in the company’s Actual Cost Adjustment (ACA) factor, North System natural gas customers of The Empire District Gas Company (Empire) will see natural gas rates change under a filing that takes effect on November 14, 2012.
The ACA factor is a mechanism which tracks any over-collection or under-collection of actual natural gas costs over a 12 month period. The net over- or under-collected balances are subsequently either refunded or collected the next year.
North System residential customers currently pay approximately $0.61 per Ccf (per hundred cubic feet) of natural gas. Under this filing, the rate will increase to approximately $0.65 per Ccf, an increase of approximately $0.04 per Ccf. The North System includes the cities of Chillicothe, Marceline and Trenton.
The PSC continues to encourage customers to work to reduce their energy consumption. A number of energy saving tips can be found on a website (www.beenergyefficient.org
) from the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Approximately 65% to 75% of a customer’s natural gas bill reflects the cost of natural gas from wholesale suppliers. The wholesale cost of natural gas (the cost your local natural gas company must pay to its suppliers for natural gas) is not regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission. The wellhead cost of natural gas is unregulated and is primarily driven by supply, demand and the weather. The Missouri Public Service Commission does conduct an annual regulatory review to ensure that regulated natural gas companies make prudent decisions in securing natural gas supplies for their customers.