CARSON CITY — The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has scheduled a telephonic and written comment consumer session on Wednesday, June 24, to hear public comment regarding Southwest Gas Corp.’s (SWG) application to adjust natural gas rates in Nevada.

SWG has filed an application with the PUCN to increase its retail natural gas rates in its Southern and Northern Nevada divisions.

The application, Docket No. 20-02023, requests a statewide annual general rate increase of approximately $38.3 million. In Southern Nevada, SWG’s proposed annual revenue increase is approximately $35.2 million, or 7.81%. The proposed annual revenue increase in Northern Nevada is approximately $3.1 million, or 2.59%.

If SWG’s request is approved, the average monthly single-family residential bill for natural gas service in Southern Nevada would increase an estimated $3.71, or 8.65%. In Northern Nevada, the estimated average single-family residential bill would increase $2.47, or 3.19%.

In its application, SWG cites three primary factors for the proposed increases: 1) a change in the cost of capital; 2) updating costs related to capital investments; and 3) incremental operations and maintenance expense related to the company’s Customer Data Modernization Initiative. Based on the evidence presented in the case, the PUCN may approve rates as proposed, or decrease or increase rates as necessary to ensure rates are just and reasonable. The consumer session is scheduled for:

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 6 p.m.

Live telephone conference: 1-844-621-3956. Use this access code for telephone conference: 497295909.

Written comments via email: BPA@puc.nv.gov 

Written comments via U.S. Mail to be addressed as follows:

PUCN

Attn: Docket 20-02023

1150 E. William St.

Carson City, NV 89701

Public comment at the consumer session will be limited to the contents of the application. Representatives from SWG, PUCN Regulatory Operations Staff and the Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection will be present telephonically at the consumer session. Public comments may be limited to five minutes per person. A hearing on this application starts Monday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m.

Information about this application is available on the PUCN’s website at puc.nv.gov. From the top navigational bar on the home page, select Dockets, followed by Gas Dockets. Scroll to docket 20-02023 and click View. 

For information contact the PUCN at 775-684-6101 or 702-486-7210. Live video of the consumer session and hearing will be available on the PUCN’s website.