Boise Guardian

P.U. C. Prompts Gas Rate “Math Story Problem”

Idaho’s Public Utilities Commission sent out a press release today explaining that the average homeowner would see a rate INCREASE of 37 cents per month from Intermountain Gas.

The GUARDIAN world Headquarters got a gas bill today as well of $5.67 for not using any gas. We also got a bill insert explaining that Intermountain has filed for rate DECREASE of $3.32 per month for the average residential consumer.

That would appear to show a DECREASE of $2.95. But wait, there’s more! We got a “clarification” from the P.U.C. so GUARDIAN readers and gas company customers would understand.

“So here’s the context that was left out of the Intermountain release:
The company has two other cases pending before the Commission that could impact rates this fall. Intermountain has asked for both proposals to take effect Oct. 1, but that doesn’t seem likely given that today is 9/14.

If the Commission were to approve the two pending proposals in full, combined with the settlement of the rate case, the overall impact for residential customers would be an average monthly decrease of $2.73, or 6.6 percent. Commercial customers would see an average monthly decrease of $15.65, or 8.8 percent.

Here are the specifics of those two cases that are still before the commission:
Case INT-G-17-05 calls for a decrease in the Purchased Gas Adjustment, an annual billing mechanism that is adjusted each fall to reflect changes in costs the company incurs purchasing natural gas. It allows the utility to recover expenses when they outpace PGA revenue, or credit customers when revenue exceeds expenses. If approved in full, the company’s proposed PGA for the coming year would lower the monthly bill of a residential customer by an average of $3.32 or 8.1 percent.

Case INT-G-17-03 calls for the creation of a billing mechanism that would allow Intermountain to recover from residential customers the costs associated with the Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. The proposal would lead to a 22-cent increase on the average residential customer’s monthly bill.”

Our frequent commenter, EASTERNER, should be able to help out if you don’t get this.