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Citizens Gas of Westfield Rates

Westfield Gas, LLC, doing business as Citizens Gas of Westfield, provides service in Hamilton County.

To compare average residential billing amounts for regulated natural gas utilities, see the IURC's monthly residential surveys.

Key components in natural gas bills include gas costs and base rates.

Gas Costs

Natural gas utilities buy gas for their customers in a competitive wholesale market. Indiana law allows utilities to adjust rates periodically to recover changes in those costs, which can go up or down. These costs comprise a significant portion of a residential bill and are recovered through the Gas Cost Adjustment (GCA) process.

  • Utilities may recover wholesale gas costs on a dollar-for-dollar basis but may not profit on them.
  • Before adjusting rates to reflect the costs, a utility must demonstrate that it has shopped prudently in the competitive market.
  • Each GCA filing requires OUCC review and IURC approval.

Citizens Gas of Westfield files gas cost adjustment requests every three months. The utility's most recently approved GCA (Cause No. 37389 GCA-130) will affect bills for June, July, and August.

Base Rates

Base rates cover "non-gas" costs for a utility, including operational, maintenance, and capital costs. A natural gas utility is allowed to earn a return on this portion of the bill.

Citizens Gas of Westfield's current base rates were set in April 2017. In its rate case order, the IURC approved a settlement agreement between the OUCC and the utility. It reduced the utility's requested increase from 9.21 percent to 2.85 percent.

A proposed increase for Westfield's sewer rates was considered in a separate case.

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5-27-2022