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Questar asks for rate decrease

Published: Friday, Dec. 30 2011 12:51 p.m. MST

Liquid knockout pipes near buildings which house compressors at Questar Exploration and Production Company on the Mesa near Pinedale, Wyoming. These pipes hold liquid which has been separated from natural gas.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The cost of heating a home in Utah could fall this winter.

Questar Gas Thursday asked the Public Service Commission of Utah to reduce natural gas rates by $770,000. If approved, the rate cut will lower the typical homeowner’s annual bill by 61 cents per year beginning Feb. 1, 2012.

“We actually had some system-enhancement cost increases this year, but when we combine them with decreases in our conservation-program costs, the end result is a decrease in our overall rates,” said Questar Gas Senior Vice President Craig Wagstaff. He added, however, that natural gas prices can fluctuate with changes in supply and demand.

Questar is also reminding customers that funds may be available to help those in need. Utah’s Home Energy Assistance Target program assists low-income individuals and families in paying their utility bills. In addition, Questar's Residential Energy Assistance through Community Help program also assists income-eligible customers who are elderly or disabled to pay their natural gas bills.

REACH is funded by voluntary donations from Questar Gas customers, employees and shareholders. The program runs year-round or until funds are exhausted. For information about these and other assistance programs, dial 211.

Applications for REACH funds may be obtained by calling the American Red Cross of Utah.

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