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Gas rates in Port Arthur to increase

Gas rates within Port Arthur and a combined service area covering the central and Gulf Coast regions of Texas will increase starting Friday (June 5).

The Port Arthur City Council approved a settlement of proposed rate increases by the Texas Gas Service Co., which recommended the increases during a recent hearing before the Railroad Commission of Texas. The request was finalized at $10.3 million per year, lower than an initial requested amount of $17 million in a December 2019 statement of intent.

TGS requested to consolidate the Central Texas, Gulf Coast and Beaumont service areas into a single Central-Gulf Service Area. Port Arthur has exclusive original jurisdiction over the rates, operations and services of a gas utility.

The following rates will go into effect Friday:

  • Residential: $16 customer charge per month and $0.32626 commodity charge per unit;
  • Commercial: $53.33 customer charge per month and $0.12679 commodity charge per unit;
  • Commercial transportation: $265.33 customer charge per month and $0.12679 commodity charge per unit;
  • Public authority: $81.70 customer charge per month and $0.12549 commodity charge per unit; and
  • Industrial transportation: $520.96 customer charge per month and $0.12707 commodity charge per unit.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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