Public Witness Hearings

Piedmont Natural Gas Request for Rate Increase

Docket No. G-9 Sub 743

7/09/2019 7:00pm Courtroom 434, High Point Courthouse, 505 E Green Dr, High Point
7/10/2019 7:00pm Courtroom 5350, Mecklenburg County Courthouse, 832 E 4th St, Charlotte
7/17/2019 7:00pm Courtroom 317, New Hanover County Courthouse, 316 Princess St, Wilmington

On April 1, 2019, Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc. (Piedmont), filed a request to increase its rates for natural gas service. Piedmont seeks to increase its annual revenues by $83 million or about 9%. Under Piedmont’s proposal, a typical residential customer using 91 therms of gas in the winter would see a monthly bill increase from about $110 to about $122. For a typical residential customer using 18 therms of gas in the summer, the monthly bill would increase from about $29 to about $31.

The Commission has scheduled three public hearings to take testimony from Piedmont customers regarding the proposed rate increase as well as potential service quality concerns. Here is information about providing testimony at a public hearing.

Customers can also submit a written statement to the Commission via email. Be sure to include the docket number in the subject line. Another option is to mail a statement to the Commission at the address below. In either case, after two or three business days, statements are made part of the official record for the proceeding, and can be viewed on this website via the assigned docket number.

The Public Staff – North Carolina Utilities Commission is a separate, independent agency that represents the using and consuming public in matters before the Commission, including rate increase requests like this one. You can send the Public Staff a statement, or ask them a question, via email.

The Commission has also scheduled an evidentiary hearing for expert witness testimony which will begin at 2 pm on August 19, 2019, and likely last for several days. There will not be an opportunity for public comments at this hearing, but the public is welcome to attend. The evidentiary hearing will be held in Commission Hearing Room 2115 in the Dobbs Building, 430 N Salisbury, Raleigh.

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