Public Witness Hearing on Maine Natural Gas Proposed Increases in Rates

Public Witness Hearing on Maine Natural Gas Proposed Increases in Rates

Augusta, Maine – June 15, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — On Thursday June 18, 2015, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) will hold a public witness hearing to hear citizen views on the Maine Natural Gas (MNG) proposed increases in rates. The public witness hearing will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room at Brunswick High School located at 116 Maquoit Rd., Brunswick, ME and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This public hearing will give the Commission an opportunity to hear the views of concerned citizens as it considers MNG’s proposed rate increases. In a public witness hearing, any citizen may participate by providing sworn or unsworn testimony; however, only sworn testimony becomes evidence in the case. The public witness hearing transcript will be publicly available in the case file (Docket No. 2015-00005) which may be accessed via the Commission’s Case Management System.

For more information on this case, and to access all documents filed to date (including a schedule of major activities in the case), go to the Commission’s website (www.maine.gov/mpuc/online/documents.shtml) and access the Commission’s online Case Management System. Enter Docket Number 2015-00005 in the Case Lookup field to retrieve available documents.

Background: On March 31, 2015, Maine Natural Gas filed a proposed rate increase and rate plan with the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Under MNG’s rate plan, MNG’s delivery rates would go up by 21% on December 1, 2015, another 21% on December 1, 2016, and another 39% on December 1, 2017. At the conclusion of the plan (12/01/18), delivery rates would then be reduced by 25%. The Commission currently expects to issue its decision in this case in late fall 2015.

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe

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