PSC allows Atlanta Gas pipe fee

Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 8:23 AM
Last updated 11:25 PM
  • Follow Business

ATLANTA – Natural-gas customers across Georgia will soon pay more each month so that aging, plastic pipes get replaced to reduce leaks and improve safety.

The Georgia Public Service Commission that regulates Atlanta Gas Light Co. granted permission Tuesday for a $275 million replacement program which will boost customers’ monthly bills 48 cents for the balance of this year and next. In January, 2015, they’ll rise another 48 cents and jump a final 49 cents higher in 2016.

Although the retail sale of natural gas is unregulated, the competing companies deliver it through Atlanta Gas Light’s distribution network, adding on a pipeline charge to their bills. So, those competing gas marketers will add these new charges to the bills they send their customers.

The goal is to swap 756 miles of plastic pipes buried in the 1960s and ‘70s with new plastic that is more durable and leaks less.

“Our vintage-plastic replacement program will allow us to replace aging pipeline with newer materials that will make our natural-gas system even safer and more reliable,” said company President Bryan Batson.

According to the commission, there have been no injuries or loss of personal property due to any of the leaks. The company only uses plastic on low-pressure sections and relies on steel pipes for their high-pressure lines.

Members of the commission praised their decision as a step toward enhanced safety and reliability.

“While other states are now wrestling with how to implement costly solutions to replace aging infrastructure, Georgia’s vision and leadership means we are maintaining an up-to-date, safe and reliable natural-gas system at a reasonable cost to ratepayers,” said Commissioner Stan Wise.

The commissioners are requiring the company to file quarterly reports on costs and construction progress and to seek permission before replacing more than the 756 miles approved.

Comments (5) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
seenitB4
85077
Points
seenitB4 08/07/13 - 08:43 am
1
0
Yes I see the need

BUT ...retirement checks & soc security stay the same ....:(

Little Lamb
45230
Points
Little Lamb 08/07/13 - 08:54 am
2
0
Aging

All infrastructure is aging.

soapy_725
43672
Points
soapy_725 08/07/13 - 03:51 pm
1
0
And AGL is selling gas to the Chinese. Wining/Dining Exec's
Unpublished

And AGL is selling gas to the Chinese. Wining/Dining Exec's

soapy_725
43672
Points
soapy_725 08/07/13 - 03:53 pm
1
0
And thanks to AGL designed deregulation, $40/mth zero gas usage
Unpublished

And thanks to AGL designed deregulation, $40/mth zero gas usage

soapy_725
43672
Points
soapy_725 08/07/13 - 03:54 pm
1
0
$40 a month and the meter is turned off. $60 fee for off or on
Unpublished

$40 a month and the meter is turned off. $60 fee for off or on

soapy_725
43672
Points
soapy_725 08/07/13 - 03:55 pm
1
0
Remember when paying for gas included the delivery of gas. LOL
Unpublished

Remember when paying for gas included the delivery of gas. LOL

soapy_725
43672
Points
soapy_725 08/07/13 - 03:55 pm
1
0
Pay one for gas, one the manage the service, one for the pipes
Unpublished

Pay one for gas, one the manage the service, one for the pipes

paulwheeler
122
Points
paulwheeler 08/07/13 - 05:51 pm
1
0
So after this project is paid

So after this project is paid for the customers bills will drop back to 2013 1st quarter rates? Hold your breath for that one.

pantherluvcik
628
Points
pantherluvcik 08/08/13 - 05:55 am
1
0
AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY ALREADY

AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY ALREADY MAKE THEY SHOULD EAT THE COSTS AND LEAVE THE CONSUMERS BILLS ALONE. TAKE THE COSTS FROM THEIR PROFITS. WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR UPGRADES WHEN WE ALREADY HAVE TO PAY TO USE THE PRODUCT? JUST A THOUGHT... WISHFUL THINKING I GUESS

nocnoc
41046
Points
nocnoc 08/08/13 - 06:43 am
1
0
I remember wrong, I guess?

I thought under the breakup (NG de-regeulation) years ago, the numerous companies that jumped in to do what AGL did were paying AGL a fee to cover this and other issues?????????

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs