August 28, 2008

Atmos Energy Seeking PSC Approval For Surcharge

Atmos Energy Corporation (Atmos) has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to place an infrastructure system replacement surcharge (ISRS) on the natural gas bills of its customers.

Atmos is seeking the ISRS to reflect infrastructure replacements made by the natural gas company for the period of October 1, 2006 through March 31, 2008. These costs for natural gas pipeline replacements and relocations are not currently included in Atmos rates.

Under the filing, Atmos is proposing an ISRS of $0.20 a month for its west service area, $0.27 a month for its southeast service area and $1.25 a month for its northeast service area. The ISRS would be separately identified on customer bills.

Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than September 4, 2008, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102. Copies of the application should be sent to: Larry W. Dority and James M. Fischer, Fischer & Dority, P.C., 101 Madison Street, Suite 400, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101; and the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-2230.

The petition was filed by Atmos on August 14, leaving the PSC 120 days to act on the request. With the petition, Atmos also filed a tariff that would implement the surcharge effective September 13. The PSC suspended the tariff until December 12, to allow sufficient time to review Atmos ISRS application.

The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency which represents the general public in matters before the commission. Individual citizens wishing to comment should contact either the Office of the Public Counsel (Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Suite 650, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-2230, telephone (866) 922-2959, e-mail opcservice@ded.mo.gov) or the Public Service Com-mission staff (P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, 1-800-392-4211, e-mail pscinfo@psc.mo.gov).

The Atmos west service area includes the Butler District and the Rich Hill-Hume District (Bates, Cass, Henry and St. Clair counties).

The northeast service area includes the Hannibal, Canton, Bowling Green, Palmyra District and the Kirksville District (Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Pike, Ralls, Schuyler and Scotland counties).

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