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Hearings set on gas rates

Utah's Public Service Commission has scheduled public hearings for today and Wednesday on a pair of Questar Gas Co. rate increase requests.

The two rate increases have been approved on an interim basis, pending final PSC approval.

Both hearings start at 5 p.m. and will include testimony from the company and comments from the public.

Tuesday's hearing will be at the commission's main office at the Heber M. Wells Building, 160 E. 300 South, in Room 426. People wanting to make comments may sign up at the site through 6 p.m.

Wednesday's second hearing will be broadcast from the University of Utah EDnet facility as a teleconference hooked up with residents throughout the state. The EDnet setup will allow speakers to listen to information presented and comment on it.

People interested in making comments are asked to contact the remote EDnet site in their area. The sites include American Fork, Beaver, Box Elder, Cedar City, Davis, Millard, Provo, Rich, South Summit and Tooele high schools; Uintah Basin Applied Technology Center; Dugway Elementary/High School; Utah State University sites in Logan and Tooele; Weber State University; Dixie College; and Snow College and Snow College South-Richfield.

The commission in October approved a $63 million rate increase that was made effective retroactively to Oct. 1. It was a 12.7 percent rise, or $6.62 per month for the typical residential customer.

In January, the commission approved a $167 million, or 28.5 percent, increase. That was the largest increase ever sought by the company and boosted the typical bill by $17 per month. The typical homeowner now pays $75.42 per month.

Both are so-called "pass-through" increases, which relate to the company's costs in obtaining gas. The increases are passed on to the customer on a dollar-for-dollar basis with no markup.