Substantial Increase Hitting Natural Gas Bills

Last summer, Columbia Gas Transmission — also known as TCO — filed a rate case proposal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to recoup roughly $3 billion in transmission-related expenses. As filed, the proposal could increase transmission charges by as much as 78%.

Direct shippers and customers of natural gas-distribution utilities served by TCO are already seeing the increase in their bills. (Increased charges are subject to refund based on final terms.) For gas-intensive manufacturers, this added cost may be quite significant.

The OMA Energy Group (OMAEG) has intervened in this case to protect manufacturers’ interests, specifically to reduce the proposed rate increase and eliminate any new penalties or operating restrictions. Only parties that intervened last year have legal standing to influence the outcome. Contact OMA staff to learn how you can support the OMA’s litigation efforts. 4/22/2021