FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- November 21, 2022
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
Natural Gas Rates to Change for Liberty Utilities Customers
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, Liberty Utilities (Midstates Natural Gas) Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities customers will see natural gas rates change under a filing that takes effect on December 4, 2022.
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.
Liberty Utilities’ ACA includes costs associated with the February 2021 Cold Weather Event (Winter Storm Uri) which had a significant impact on certain natural gas prices. Last November, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a request filed by Liberty Utilities extending the ACA recovery period in the Northeast, West and Southeast Districts from 12 months to three years, thereby spreading the costs from the February 2021 Cold Weather Event over a longer period of time to mitigate the impact on customer bills.
Northeast District: Residential customers currently pay approximately $0.60 per Ccf (per hundred cubic feet) of natural gas. Under this filing, the rate will increase to approximately $0.98 per Ccf. Liberty Utilities serves Northeast District customers in the Missouri counties of Clark, Lewis, Knox, Marion, Pike, Ralls and Scotland.
West District: Residential customers currently pay approximately $0.72 per Ccf of natural gas. Under this filing, the rate will increase to approximately $1.28 per Ccf. Liberty Utilities serves West District customers in the Missouri counties of Bates, Cass, Henry and St. Clair.
Southeast District: Residential customers currently pay approximately $0.64 per Ccf of natural gas. Under this filing, the rate will increase to approximately $0.94 per Ccf. Liberty Utilities serves Southeast District customers in the Missouri counties of Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Iron, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne.
Kirksville District: Residential customers currently pay approximately $0.38 per Ccf of natural gas. Under this filing, the rate will increase to approximately $1.27 per Ccf. Liberty Utilities serves Kirksville District customers in the Missouri counties of Macon, Adair and Schuyler.
The cost of natural gas from wholesale suppliers generally makes up approximately 50% to 55% of a customer’s total monthly natural gas bill. 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.
What you can do to help manage your utility bill:
- Add attic insulation if necessary.
- Place weather stripping around doors, use plastic film covering and caulk windows to keep heat from escaping from your home.
- Change or replace furnace filters each month when dirty.
- Have your chimney checked for blockage.
- Close fireplace dampers when the fireplace is not being used.
- Have your heating system checked and tuned-up if needed.
- Place an approved insulated cover-jacket around the hot water heater.
- Consider getting professional help for any projects that are beyond your capabilities.
- Contact your local utility company to ask about energy saving tips and programs.
Liberty Utilities serves approximately 52,500 natural gas customers in Missouri.