Enbridge Gas Utah cuts rates by nearly 30%, customers get lower bills, company says | News, Sports, Jobs

Enbridge Gas Utah cuts rates by nearly 30%, customers get lower bills, company says | News, Sports, Jobs

Jim Mone

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Utah residents may see lower gas bills this summer.

According to a press release from Enbridge Gas Utah, the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC) recently approved the company’s request for a 29.53% reduction in natural gas prices.

For the average residential customer, the reduction would reduce the monthly bill by about $23.12 and on an annual basis by about $277.44, the gas company said in the press release.

Enbridge Gas Utah, formerly Dominion Energy, said the rate reduction took effect on July 1. However, most residents will not see the reduction on their bill until the end of the month or in August, depending on their billing cycle.

While authorities have not commented on whether the rate cut is temporary or permanent, the news is hoped to ease the financial burden on families amid ongoing inflation.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our customers such a large reduction and return our rates to the lowest in the country,” said Judd Cook, vice president and general manager of Enbridge Gas Utah, in the release. “Over the past few years, we have experienced record-high natural gas prices. We know that has impacted our customers. In addition to providing safe and reliable service, affordability is extremely important and we are working hard to pass on the savings from reducing natural gas costs to those we serve as quickly as possible.”

The Utah PSC sets the rates that Enbridge Gas can charge its customers. It also requires the utility to pass on any changes in wholesale natural gas prices to its customers. Although this rate cut follows the acquisition of Dominion Energy and Enbridge’s recent name change, officials say the rate cut is a typical result of their regular rate adjustments and has nothing to do with the new company.

In March 2023, Utah residents faced an 11% increase in their gas bills. Some residents were still feeling the effects of that rate increase from last winter, which increased their monthly bill by about $8, The Salt Lake Tribune reported last fall.

“At least twice a year, Enbridge Gas Utah and the PSC use third-party forecasts of natural gas prices to estimate how much the utility’s rates need to be adjusted to cover the expected cost of purchasing natural gas for its customers,” Enbridge said in the release. “The ‘pass-through’ adjustments simply allow the company to change rates to reflect changes in gas supply and other costs.”

While Utah residents may be able to save some money on their gas bill, the extra money may not be enough, as electricity prices could soon rise. Rocky Mountain Power recently filed a request with the PSC to increase rates by just over 30%. The rate increase would come in two installments, with a final increase of 14.31 cents per kilowatt-hour starting Jan. 1, 2026, according to a news release.

Enbridge Gas Utah touts low rates that are below the regional average, so even customers who have difficulty paying their monthly bills are welcome to take advantage of the company’s payment assistance options.

Residents can contact the Enbridge Gas Utah call center at 1-800-323-5517, visit the website or dial 211.


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