Customers of one utility service may see their rates go up next year.
Washington Gas has requested an increase for its base rates.
The natural gas utility serves more than 1.1 million Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., residents.
It submitted an application for the increase to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (VSCC) on Tuesday, according to a release.
If approved, the proposed rates would result in $37.6 million in additional revenue each year.
The rates would also be reflected in the gas bills of Washington Gas customers, who could see a rate increase of 3 percent, or $2.10 per month.
“For 170 years, Washington Gas has been committed to providing clean natural gas safely and reliably to our customers in Virginia and across the Washington, D.C. region,” Washington Gas President and CEO Adrian Chapman said in a release. “Our proposal to the Commission reinforces our dedication to deliver natural gas services with operational efficiency, to improve customer service and upgrade our system with a focus on integrity and quality.”
The recommended rates would take effect during the January 2019 billing cycle.
The merge between Washington Gas and AltaGas will not impact the rates of Washington Gas customers.
“We want to emphasize that costs related to our merger with AltaGas are not reflected in the rate case filed with the VSCC,” Chapman said. “In fact, as a combined company, Washington Gas is in an even stronger position to deliver the benefits of natural gas service to the Commonwealth, increase our investments in the state, and maintain an accelerated pace to improve our infrastructure. We look forward to continuing our long tradition of providing safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to our Virginia customers well into the future.”
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