Maine Natural Gas is seeking a rate increase as part of a proposed three-year plan that could drive customers' bills up by nearly $50 per month by 2018.
The company says it needs more than $10 million in additional revenue over the next three years to improve the safety and reliability of its distribution system, expand customer services and bring earnings in line with industry standards.
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No date has been set for a public hearing, but at an initial case conference Tuesday, lawyers for Maine Natural Gas sought a decision by Dec. 1.
The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1MyUbEr ) reports that Maine Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, said in its filing that a typical household's bill for distribution and supply could go from $175 a month to $220.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com