Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 10, 2018
Contact:
Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PR-18-82

PSC Sets Local Public Hearing Schedule
in Liberty Utilities Natural Gas Rate Case

 
JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold local public hearings in March in a natural gas rate case filed by Liberty Utilities (Midstates Natural Gas) Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities. The local public hearing schedule appears below.
March 21—Butler. Butler R-V School Auditorium, 420 South Fulton.
    A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Commission receiving testimony from the public.
March 26—Sikeston. Sikeston City Hall Council Chambers, 105 E. Center Street.
    A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 12:00 p.m. followed by the Commission receiving testimony from the public.
March 26—Jackson. Cape Girardeau County Extension Office, Harrison Room (Upper Level), 684 West Jackson Trail.
    A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Commission receiving testimony from the public.
March 27—Hannibal. Hannibal-LaGrange University, Partee Center-Page Dining Room, 2800 Palmyra Road.
    A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 12:00 p.m. followed by the Commission receiving testimony from the public.
March 27—Kirksville. Truman State University, Student Union Activities Room, 901 S. Franklin.
    A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Commission receiving testimony from the public.

These local public hearings will be held in facilities that meet the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any person who needs additional accommodations to participate in these hearings should call the Public Service Commission’s hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 before the hearings.

If you are unable to attend a local public hearing and wish to make written comments or secure additional information, you may contact the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone (573) 751-4857 email opcservice@ded.mo.gov or the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, email pscinfo@psc.mo.gov.

On September 29, 2017, Liberty Utilities filed a natural gas rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual natural gas revenues by approximately $7.5 million, of which approximately $500,000 is already being recovered from customers through the Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge (ISRS). This results in a net increase of approximately $7 million. The ISRS appears as a separate item on the monthly bills of Liberty Utilities customers.

According to the Liberty Utilities filing, the proposed rate increase for a residential customer with average usage would be approximately $2.06 a month in the Northeast District (NEMO); approximately $14.09 a month in the Southeast District (SEMO); and approximately $7.62 a month in the Western District (WEMO). In this case, Liberty Utilities also seeks to consolidate its three rate districts, NEMO, SEMO and WEMO, into a single district with a uniform delivery charge.

Liberty Utilities provides natural gas service to approximately 53,400 customers in 25 Missouri counties (Adair, Bates, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Cass, Dunklin, Henry, Iron, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Pike, Ralls, Ripley, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, St. Clair, Stoddard, Wayne and Worth).
 

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