LUBBOCK, Texas, Sept. 16, 2003 — Atmos Energy Corp. filed recently with 66 cities in West Texas for an overall increase of $7.7 million in the annual revenues of its natural gas utility operations. Atmos Energy, which formerly operated in West Texas as Energas Company, had not filed for a rate increase since 1999.
“It has been more than four years since we have requested a rate increase for our West Texas Cities operations,” said Tom S. Hawkins Jr., president of Atmos Energy’s Texas Division. “Since that time, we have made considerable investments in new mains and meters and have provided enhanced services to our customers.”
As a part of its filing, Atmos Energy has proposed a Weather Normalization Adjustment Rider for its residential, commercial and public-authority customers. This rider will provide for restructured natural gas rates to reduce variability in gas bills during the heating season and will help to stabilize customers’ rates and Atmos Energy’s revenues.
If approved, the average monthly bill for customers will increase by approximately $3.29, or 7.32 percent, for all customer classes, which includes residential, commercial, small industrial and public authority.
Atmos Energy serves approximately 151,255 natural gas utility customers in the 66 West Texas cities subject to the rate change and 313,300 total gas utility customers in Texas.