Washington Gas seeks to raise rates and charges for gas service in D.C.


 
Overview
Washington Gas Light Company (WGL)  filed an application requesting to increase its existing rates and charges for natural gas service distribution in the District of Columbia.
 
The requested rates are designed to collect approximately $226.4 million in total annual revenues, which represents an increase in WGL’s weather-normalized annual revenues of no more than $53 million. This includes a transfer of $5.3 million associated with costs from the natural gas system upgrades currently paid by customers through the PROJECTpipes monthly surcharge, resulting in a net increase of $47.7 million in new revenues.

These new revenues reflect an overall increase of approximately 20.4% over and above current bills. WGL contends that the request to increase base rates is because they are operating in the District with negative cash flows from operating activities and with an insufficient return to cover their financing costs.
 
If fully granted, WGL’s application would result in an increase of $16.48 on the average monthly bill of the average residential customer. May 13, 2022, The DCPSC Public Notice on May 13, 2022, provides a complete breakdown of proposed monthly charges.

Community hearings
The DCPSC has scheduled three community hearings to discuss WGL’s rate increase application.
 
February 7, 2023 – 6 pm
Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Hearing Room)
1325 G St NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005
 
February 8, 2023 – 6 pm
Lamond-Riggs Library (Meeting Room 1)
5401 South Dakota Ave NE, Washington, DC 20011

February 9, 2023 – 6 pm
Anacostia Neighborhood Library (Ora Glover Meeting Room)
1800 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020
 
Individuals wishing to testify at a community hearing should email the Commission Secretary by the close of business on January 30, 2023.

Any person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing, who cannot readily understand or communicate in spoken English, or persons with disabilities who need special accommodations to participate in the hearing, must also contact the Commission Secretary by the close of business on January 30, 2023.  Persons who wish to testify in Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, French, Vietnamese, or Korean must also contact the Commission Secretary by close of business on January 30, 2023.  Individuals can call (202) 626-5150 to request special accommodations and interpretation services.

Individuals unable to offer comments at one of the community hearings can submit written statements to the Commission Secretary or via eDocket.
 
Additional information
For more information, subscribe to the formal case or contact the Office of the Commission Secretary via email or call 202-626-5150.