Natural gas rates to rise for Atmos customers in Mississippi

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Posted: Dec 05, 2017 3:06 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Natural gas rates are going up for customers of Mississippi's largest gas utility.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved plans for Dallas-based Atmos Energy Corp. to raise rates on its 260,000 Mississippi customers.

Rates for a yardstick residential customer should go up by about $2 a month, with most of the money going to pay for Atmos to repair and replace aging pipes and infrastructure.

Some of the money will go toward a program to expand natural gas to industries in rural areas.

Separately, Atmos will spend $5 million next year with the goal of adding 1,000 residential customers. That effort has been advocated by Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley, a Democrat representing Mississippi's northern third. Presley says access to natural gas save those residents money.

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This story has been corrected to show the rate increase will be used for industrial expansion, but not for residential expansion.