The largest pure natural gas distributor in the United States is pushing for a state-wide rate increase.
Early last week Atmos Energy's Kentucky division filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to request a change in the company's rates that would affect 38 counties in the state.
A typical monthly gas bill for a residential customer would increase about $3.90. According to Atmos this proposed rate change would increase revenues by approximately $10.4 million or 4.6 percent.
Officials with the company say this adjustment is necessary to restore and sustain an adequate return for the company's shareholders. They are also hoping this will help them recover operating and customer service costs.
Atmos Energy serves about 173,000 homes and business across the state. The company says they remain the lowest cost providers of natural gas in the state despite the rate hike, and the rate change is not expected to take place over night.
If the rate increase is approved customers could see changes as early as July.
For more information log onto www.atmosenergy.com or visit the local Atmos Energy office on Russellville Road in Bowling Green, Ky.