The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has submitted a half dozen revised information collection requests for its Natural Gas Data Collection Program. The requests, published in the Federal Register Friday, cover forms EIA-176 (Annual Report of Natural and Supplemental Gas Supply and Disposition), EIA-191 (Monthly Underground Gas Storage Report), EIA-757 (Natural Gas Processing Plant Survey), EIA-857 (Monthly Report of Natural Gas Purchases and Deliveries to Consumers), EIA-910 (Monthly Natural Gas Marketer Survey), and EIA-921 (Weekly Underground Natural Gas Storage Report). Comments are due Nov. 27. Links to the updated survey forms, instructions, and an instructional video will be available on the EIA webpage by early November, an agency spokesman told NGI.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved natural gas rate changes for four utilities serving the state that take effect Nov. 1. Avista Utilities rates will decline on average by 1.8%, or $1.06, lowering monthly bills to $56.27; NW Natural rates will fall by 3.10%, or $1.60/month, for an average bill of slightly below $50; and Puget Sound Energy customers will see a 2.6% decrease, or $1.60, for an average monthly bill of slightly less than $68. A 6.6% rate hike is taking effect for MDU Resources Group’s Cascade Natural Gas. Co. customers, whose monthly bills will increase on average by $3.38, or slightly more than $55 a month.