West Virginia regulators reduce purchased natural gas rates for residential customers

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — West Virginia residential customers will pay less for natural gas following an adjustment of utility rates.

The state Public Service Commission has adjusted the utilities' purchased gas rates for residential customers.

The PSC said Monday that a typical residential customer of Mountaineer Gas will pay $1.48 less for every 1,000 cubic feet used. Hope Gas residential customers will see a $1.41 decrease in the purchased gas portion of their bills.

The PSC is required by law to allow gas utilities to recover the cost of buying natural gas. The commission adjusts customer rates' annually to account for this cost.

Rates had declined for eight of the past nine years.

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