SALT LAKE CITY — While the Deseret News reported Questar is asking for a rate decrease in Utah, to change the rates in Wyoming they have to go through the Wyoming Public Service Commission and not the Utah Public Service Commission. Questar announced they are doing just that.
Questar Gas is requesting a decrease in its Wyoming natural gas rates. If the request is approved by the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC), the annual bill for the typical residential customer will decrease by about $22 beginning Nov. 1.
“Abundant natural gas supplies continue to reduce the price we pay for natural gas to serve our customers,” said Craig Wagstaff, executive vice president and COO of Questar Gas. “We’re maintaining rates that are among the nation’s lowest while improving our distribution system and encouraging customers to conserve energy through our ThermWise programs.”
The request includes the company’s regular gas-cost-adjustment filing to cover costs of buying natural gas for its customers. These costs are passed on to customers with no markup and have no impact on the utility’s profits. The “pass-through” adjustments simply enable the company to change rates to reflect changes in gas-supply costs. The request also includes costs related to conservation programs.
Wagstaff also reminded Questar Gas customers that funds may be available to help income-eligible customers who are elderly or disabled pay their gas bills through Wyoming’s LIEAP program and Questar Gas’s Energy Share of Wyoming program, which is funded by donations from Questar customers, employees and shareholders. For information about these and other assistance programs, energy-saving tips, information about rebates or to enroll in Questar Gas’s Budget Plan, please visit Questargas.com or ThermWise.com.