Wednesday, September 21 2022

September 12, 2022

Hallowell, Maine – The Maine Public Utilities Commission (the Commission) will hold two public witness hearings in Summit Natural Gas’ proposed rate increase and alternative rate plan matter.

-Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Cumberland City Hall 290 Tuttle Road Cumberland Center, Maine 04021

-Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Maine Public Utilities Commission 26 Katherine Drive Hallowell, Maine 04347

In March 2022, Summit filed with the Board an application for an alternative rate plan for its natural gas delivery rates. The proposal calls for a seven-year rate plan that sets starting rates generating additional revenue of $2.8 million through a 30% rate increase in the first year, after which Summit proposes that it be allowed to increase rates up to 15% each year the second year. through Sept. Summit is basing the proposed increase on a return on equity of 11.10% and a return on rate base of 8.15%. The current Summits alternative pricing plan expires on December 31, 2022.

Any member of the public who is not a party to this matter will have the opportunity to provide testimony or comment during the hearing before the Commission on the issues raised in this proceeding. The sworn testimony, given under oath, will form part of the official case record and will be considered in the final decision. Unsworn testimony will not form part of the official case file. Sign language interpreters will be present at the hearing to assist those who are hard of hearing who wish to testify or monitor the hearing.

Anyone wishing to file written comments in the case rather than appearing at the public hearing of witnesses can do so through the Commission’s case management system, CMS.

All public case documents are available on the Commission’s online case management system. Please reference case #2022-00025.

About the Board The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility services at fair and affordable rates. reasonable for all ratepayers, while helping to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. emissions. Commission programs include the Maine Enhanced 911 Service, Gas Safety, and Dig Safe. Philip L. Bartlett, II is Chairman, Randall Davis and Patrick Scully are Commissioners.

Learn more about the Commission at www.maine.gov/mpuc


CONTACT: Susan Faloon, Media Liaison CELLULAR: 207-557-3704 EMAIL: [email protected]

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