W.Va. regulators adjust purchased gas rates; some customers will more, some will pay less

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

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

The PSC said Thursday that a typical residential customer of Mountaineer Gas will pay on average $6.97 more per month. The monthly bill of a typical Peoples Gas residential customer will increase by $4.06.

The monthly bill of a typical Hope Gas residential customer will decrease by $3.40.

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 previously had declined for eight consecutive years.

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