CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Starting next month, natural gas customers in West Virginia should see a decrease in their monthly bill.
The state Public Service Commission this week ordered natural gas utilities to lower the purchased gas portion of their rates as colder weather approaches. The rate is based on the amount the gas companies pay their suppliers.
The Saturday Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/Q9L4rM ) that the lower interim rates would go into effect Nov. 1 and final rates would be established in early 2013.
State regulators say this is an annual proceeding that's made possible because of the increased supply of natural gas and last year's warm winter that depressed the price of natural gas.
Natural gas utilities could file for exceptions to the ruling.