LAS VEGAS, April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Gas Corporation
(NYSE: SWX) will file today a General Rate Case (GRC) with the Public
Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN). The request asks that the new rates
become effective Nov. 1, 2009.
"It has been five years since Southwest Gas last submitted a GRC to the
PUCN to increase its base rates to recover increased costs of operating its
system," stated Roger Montgomery, the Company's vice president of Pricing.
In northern Nevada the Company requests to increase its authorized
operating revenues by $1.7 million or 1.4 percent. This would impact an
average monthly residential bill of $84.66 for 61 therms by $1.30 to $85.96.
In southern Nevada, the request is for an increase of $28.8 million or 5.9
percent and would impact an average monthly bill of $53.97 for 44 therms by
$3.78 to $57.75. The Company is also seeking to implement a decoupled rate
structure based on recently established PUCN rules that will allow it to more
aggressively pursue customer conservation opportunities.
Montgomery also said that Southwest Gas anticipates that recently lower
commodity prices of natural gas will also result in the Company submitting
future requests to lower the gas cost component of its rates. "At current
commodity price levels, those anticipated future requests are likely to offset
some of the increase requested in today's filing, particularly in southern
Nevada," he stated.
In a recent related filing, Southwest submitted its Conservation and
Energy Efficiency Plan (CEE) to the PUCN on March 16. The CEE filing proposes
eight new programs to be implemented in conjunction with new rates from
Southwest's GRC application. The goal of the CEE is to provide customers with
additional energy-efficiency opportunities that will result in savings of
energy and water, and in reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
Southwest Gas provides natural gas service to approximately 658,000
customers throughout Nevada.
This press release may contain statements which constitute
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (Reform Act). All such forward-looking
statements are intended to be subject to the safe harbor protection provided
by the Reform Act. A number of important factors could cause actual results
to differ materially from those stated in the forward-looking statements.
These factors include, but are not limited to, the impact of weather
variations on customer usage, customer growth rates, the effects of
regulation, the timing and amount of rate relief, changes in rate design,
changes in natural gas prices, and the impacts of energy efficiency
SOURCE Southwest Gas Corporation
/CONTACT: Media, Cynthia Messina, +1-702-876-7132, or Shareholders, Ken
Kenny, +1-702-876-7237, both for Southwest Gas Corporation/
/Web Site: http://www.swgas.com /
CO: Southwest Gas Corporation; Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
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