Gas bill increase on the way

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by Liberty Energy (Midstates) Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities, formerly Atmos Energy Corporation, to adjust the infrastructure system replacement surcharge (ISRS) on the bills of its natural gas customers. The surcharge first appeared on customer bills in November 2008.

The ISRS adjustment reflects infrastructure replacement investments made by the natural gas company from October 1, 2010 through May 31, 2012. These costs for natural gas pipeline replacements and relocations are not currently included in Liberty Utilitiesâ?? rates.

The current monthly ISRS and the new ISRS for a residential customer in each of Liberty Utilitiesâ?? three service areas appears below.

Service Area: Current ISRS New ISRS

Northeast $0.68 $1.65

Southeast $0.23 $0.65

West $0.22 $1.36

Liberty Utilities serves approximately 55,700 natural gas customers in Missouri. The West service area includes the Butler District and the Rich Hill-Hume District (Bates, Cass, Henry and St. Clair counties). The Southeast service area includes the SEMO District and the Neelyville District (Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Iron, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne counties). The Northeast service area includes the Hannibal, Canton, Bowling Green, Palmyra District and the Kirksville District (Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Pike, Ralls, Schuyler and Scotland counties).