Maine natural gas users face smaller rate hike

Posted July 30, 2008, at 12 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP)&nbsp- The latest rate increase for natural gas customers in Maine is smaller than expected.

The Public Utilities Commission this week approved a 3.36 percent hike for Northern Utilities. That’ s well below the 17 percent increase the state’ s largest natural gas distributor originally requested.

Company spokeswoman Sheila Doiron said gas prices fell unexpectedly, prompting Northern Utilities to adjust its request accordingly.

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Doiron said the typical customer who uses gas for heat, hot water, cooking and clothes drying will pay an average of $2.81 cents more each month during the next 90 days.

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