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Columbia Gas seeking rate hike

May 14th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Columbia Gas of Maryland filed a request Friday with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve revised rates for further upgrading and replacing portions of the company’s underground natural gas distribution pipelines. If approved, these proposed rate adjustments would not go into effect until the end of 2022.


“Ensuring the continued, long-term safety of the customers and communities we serve is essential, and it requires the necessary level of investment to modernize our energy infrastructure for generations to come,” said Mark Kempic, Columbia Gas President and Chief Operating Officer. “This proposal seeks to balance cost and service in order to continue delivering on our commitments to customers.”


With over 165 full-time employees and contracted resources, Columbia Gas has proudly invested more than $231 million in Maryland since 2008 as part of its long-term plan to modernize and expand its natural gas distribution system.


In addition to the positive economic benefits associated with these previous and proposed future investments across the Western Maryland area served by Columbia Gas, this plan also supports a positive customer experience through ensuring an educated and trained workforce that is focused on safely meeting or exceeding all federal and state industry requirements.


Columbia Gas also is proposing a program that allows customers an option to reduce some or all of their emissions related to their natural gas usage.