Atlanta Gas Implements Seasonal Rate Plan

Atlanta Gas Light Co. has implemented a seasonal rate plan timed to roll out during its February 2001 billing cycle by its natural gas marketers. The plan, approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission, would make billing follow traditional winter and summer usage patterns.

Until now, Atlanta Gas Light charged customers for distribution services via its base charge, which it passed along to customers at the same rate for every month. For customers, the new rates would result in higher base charges in the winter and lower base charges in the summer. Interstate pipeline transportation charges and the commodity cost of natural gas would not be affected by the new rate design, according to Atlanta Gas Light.

"This is a result of the Georgia Public Service Commission and Atlanta Gas Light working together to respond to customer concerns about high gas bills during the summer," said Clayton Preble, senior vice president of external affairs at AGL Resources, parent company of Atlanta Gas Light.

As part of the transition, each residential customer will receive a $14 a month refund from the Universal Service Fund in February and March 2001. Also, each customer with a senior citizen discount would receive another $10 refund for the first three months of 2001.

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