The Utah Public Service Commission has ordered that a proposed rate decrease by Questar Gas Co. be put into effect today.

The typical residential customer will see an annual rate decrease of $3.81. The decrease comes while Questar has a request pending for a 7 percent general rate increase.

Questar filed an application on Jan. 14 requesting an annualized gas-cost decrease of $4.6 million, based on the elimination of pass-through gas-management costs.

In December, Questar announced a plan to ask the commission for a 7 percent rate increase that would go into effect by August. The $27 million annual hike would cost the typical residential customer $3.92 more per month on their natural-gas bill. If approved, the net annual increase, after today's decrease, would be $43.23 for a typical ratepayer.