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Oklahoma Natural Gas seeks rate hike to cover infrastructure improvements

Oklahoma Natural Gas spent more than $93 million in the last year on infrastructure improvements and remote meters and wants to recover a share of those costs in a proposed monthly service charge increase to most customers.
Published: July 18, 2012
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ONG seeks rate hike

Oklahoma Natural Gas spent more than $93 million in the last year on infrastructure improvements and remote meters and wants to recover a share of those costs in a proposed monthly service charge increase to most customers.

ONG detailed the expenditures before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Tuesday. Commissioners are being asked to approve a settlement that would raise customer rates by $9.5 million.

If approved, residential customers would see a monthly service charge hike of 96 cents, or almost $12 a year.

More than 15,000 ONG customers in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program won't see any changes to their monthly service charges.

Small commercial and industrial customers will see monthly service charges rise by 16 cents, while large commercial and industrial customers will see a decrease of 85 cents per month under the proposed settlement.

PAUL MONIES,

BUSINESS WRITER