Rate hike for Columbia Gas customers could go in effect March 2019

Hampden County

Your Columbia Gas bill is likely going up, but do you know what you are paying for?

Assuming the Department of Public Utilities approves the increase, the rate hike for Columbia Gas customers will kick-in March 1 of next year.

Columbia Gas has asked the state to approve rate hikes.

For a residential home heating customer, your average monthly bill will increase by about $4.95. But for the first year, because of the new corporate tax law, you will see your average bill increase by $2.80.

That’s a nearly four percent increase on your bill after the first year.

“No, I think it’s too much and then the $5 extra is even more expensive,” Kachina Rodriguez told 22News.

The increases are expected to generate more than $24 million in additional annual revenue for Columbia Gas.

We asked Columbia Gas Spokesperson Andrea Luppi how your hard-earned money would be spent.

“The filing of the rate adjustment for base rates and that makes up about 40 percent of a customer’s bill and that includes things like meter reading, the call center, billing,” Luppi explained. “All of the overhead associated with delivering safe and efficient cost-effective natural gas to our customers.”

Luppi told 22News they are also establishing an employee training center in Shrewsbury and a place for construction workers to practice installing piping in Wrentham.

Columbia Gas said they are facing strict state and federal rules that increase their labor costs and training expenses.

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