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PSC approves rate reductions for Spire Alabama customers

Detail Of A Residential Gas Pipe Against A Red Brick Wall

Wednesday, the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday announced thay I had approval of significant rate and revenue reductions for Spire Alabama and its customers.

The Public Service Commission voted to lower the rate of return Spire Alabama is allowed to earn. The return range for Spire Alabama, which has been in place since 2013, was reduced 30 basis points from 10.45 percent to 10.95 percent to the lower range of 10.15 percent to 10.65 percent.

This reduction in allowed earnings will result in an approximate $5.9 million in annual savings to Spire Alabama customers, which equates to approximately $26 in savings per customer during each year of the four-year agreement. This rate reduction comes just ahead of colder weather and high costs for consumers heating their homes this winter.

“This is a victory for the consumers in Alabama,” PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) said. “It all boils down to families. While this reduction will not pay for a family vacation, the lower rates will allow them to keep a little more of their hard-earned money.”

The new agreement also provides a mechanism to accelerate the replacement of the old cast iron pipe in the Spire Alabama system.

“This is an area that we have placed great emphasis upon,” Commissioner Jeremy Oden said. “The accelerated removal of aging cast iron pipe is a public safety issue that we are seeing across the country. I am pleased that Spire Alabama has agreed to adhere to a more formalized approach to pipeline replacement.”

Spire Alabama was previously known as Alagasco.

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“I am so proud of the new approved rate for Spire Alabama and the money it will save Alabamians,” Commissioner Chris “Chip” Beeker said. “We worked very hard on this and we like it when our hard work pays off and ideas come to fruition. I would also like to thank our staff who worked so diligently on this. We are fortunate to be surrounded by the best at what they do here at the PSC.”

The elected three member PSC is responsible for regulating utilities in Alabama including natural gas providers and electric companies. The Commission approved a reduction in rates for Alabama Power Company customers earlier this year.

Commissioners Jeremy Oden and Chip Beeker both face Democratic opponents in the November 6 general election. Thursday, November 1 is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot.

Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. Remember to bring photo ID with you to the polls.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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