HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today voted to investigate a proposed rate increase submitted by UGI Utilities Inc. – Gas Division (UGI) for natural gas distribution services.
The Commission voted 5-0 to suspend the proposed rate increase request for up to seven months from the time the rates would otherwise have become effective, and to assign the case to the PUC’s Office of Administrative Law Judge for corresponding proceedings and the issuance of a recommended decision.
The UGI request, filed on Jan. 28, 2020, would increase its operating revenues by approximately $74.6 million per year (8.5%).
Under the UGI request, the total average monthly bill of a residential customer using 73.5 Cubic Feet (Ccf) per month would increase from $81.54 to $90.22 per month (10.6%).
Public input hearings to gather comments about UGI’s rate increase request from concerned residents will be scheduled by the Administrative Law Judge and publicized by the PUC and UGI when dates and locations have been finalized. More information on the ratemaking process is available on the Commission’s website.
UGI provides service to approximately 650,000 residents and businesses in 45 counties across Pennsylvania. A final decision by the Commission regarding the UGI request is due by October 28, 2020.
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Docket No.: R-2019-3015162