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03/02/2009 Contact: 850-413-6482

Hearing Set for Peoples Gas System Rate Request


TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a hearing beginning Wednesday, March 4, 2009, to consider Peoples Gas System’s (Peoples) application for a rate increase.

In August, Peoples filed a petition with the PSC for approval of a $26.4 million permanent increase to its rates.  Peoples provides natural gas service to approximately 334,000 commercial, industrial, and residential customers in three regions.  The South Region includes the Daytona Beach, Eustis, Orlando, Palm Beach, Southwest Florida, and Dade Broward divisions.  The West Region includes the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Avon Park, and Sarasota divisions.  The North Region includes the Jacksonville, Panama City, and Ocala divisions.

At the hearing, testimony and other evidence related to the utility’s rates and service will be presented.  The hearing is scheduled to last three days, but could end early.  The hearing dates, time, and location are below:

Wednesday, March 4 through Friday, March 6, 2009
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday

Betty Easley Conference Center
Joseph P. Cresse Hearing Room (Room 148)
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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