Telephonic Hearings Scheduled on Jan. 19, 2023, to Gather Public Input from National Fuel Gas Customers and Other Concerned Parties
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today scheduled mid-January telephonic hearings to gather public input on a proposed rate increase by National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation (National Fuel Gas).
National Fuel Gas presently provides natural gas distribution services to approximately 214,000 people in northwest Pennsylvania.
PUC Public Input Hearing
The PUC telephonic hearings to gather public input on the rate increase request by National Fuel Gas are scheduled for the following:
- Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 – Telephonic hearings will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
PUC Administrative Law Judge Mary D. Long will preside over the hearings.
Signing Up for the Public Input Hearings
To testify at a telephonic public input hearing, you must register no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Interested persons can register by email or telephone by contacting Judge Long’s office.
To pre-register by email, please email Judge Long’s legal assistant, Daniela Alban at firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide:
(1) your first and last name;
(2) the date and time (1 pm or 6 pm) of the hearing at which you wish to testify;
(3) the phone number you will be using to call into the public input hearing; and
(4) if you require an interpreter to participate in the hearing, the language of the interpreter.
To pre-register by phone, please call Judge Long’s office at 412-565-3550 and leave a message providing:
(1) your first and last name;
(2) the date and time (1 p.m. or 6 p.m.) of the hearing at which you wish to testify;
(3) the phone number you will be using to call into the public input hearing;
(4) a phone number where you can be reached prior to the hearing (if needed);
(5) your email address (if you have one); and
(6) if you require an interpreter to participate in the hearing, the language of the interpreter.
To participate in the public input hearings, you may use the following call-in information:
Toll-free Bridge Number: 866-566-0649
PIN Number: 83345259
(NOTE: Please speak your name when prompted, and press #)
If you do not pre-register and provide the information listed above, you may not be able to testify. Individuals will testify in the order in which they pre-register.
NOTE: If you do not wish to testify but want to listen to the public input hearing(s), please contact Judge Long’s office by email or phone (same contact information as listed above) and provide your name and the hearing(s) you want to listen to so the PUC can ensure it has adequate caller capacity on the conference bridge to accommodate all callers. Again, the deadline for signing up for the public input hearings is Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at 4 p.m.
Interpreters and Assistance Registering
If you require an interpreter, please pre-register as soon as possible. If you register too close to the hearing date, we may not have enough time to arrange for an interpreter. If you request an interpreter, we will make every reasonable effort to have one present.
If you need assistance pre-registering to testify, you may have someone register for you, but they will need to provide all the information listed above. Additionally, if more than one person in your household would like to testify, one person may pre-register for other individuals in the same household, but all the information listed above is needed for each individual testifying.
Relay service number for persons who are deaf or hearing-impaired is 800-654-5988.
If you intend to offer exhibits at the public input hearing, you must email your proposed exhibit(s) to Judge Long at email@example.com, by Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. In your email, you must copy (on the “cc” line) all individuals listed in the “service list” included on the PUC hearing notice.
Failure to comply with these instructions may result in you not being allowed to present your proposed exhibit(s). Proposed video evidence must be submitted in an mp4 format and cannot exceed 2MB. Proposed video evidence that does not meet these criteria will not be permitted.
NOTE: Individuals representing themselves are not required to be represented by an attorney. All others, including corporations, partnerships, associations, trusts, governmental agencies or subdivision, must be represented by an attorney. An attorney representing you should file a Notice of Appearance before the scheduled hearing date.
Offering Testimony at a Public Input Hearing
The PUC offers tips on how to participate in a public input hearing, including:
- Prepare what you are going to say beforehand. Even though it is not required, you may want to write out your statement, which can be read.
- Any formal testimony that is offered during the hearing will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.
- Understand that parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.
National Fuel Gas Rate Change Request
On Dec. 8, 2022, the Commission voted 5-0 to investigate National Fuel Gas’ request, which was filed on October 28, 2022.
The changes proposed by National Fuel Gas would produce an annual overall revenue increase of approximately $28.1 million (9.2%). National Fuel Gas is also proposing a three-year Energy Efficiency pilot program that would recover an additional $1.2 million from residential customers annually. The program would offer residential customers rebate incentives to install high-efficiency space heating appliances in place of standard equipment.
National Fuel Gas’ proposals would result in the total monthly bill for a residential customer, using 84 ccf per month, increasing from $99.93 to $109.67 (about 9.7%). In its filing, National Fuel Gas is also proposing increasing its monthly residential customer charge from $12 to $18.
A final PUC decision on the National Fuel Gas rate case is due by July 27, 2023.
About the PUC
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