PSC Case No 15 1600 G 390 P

CASE NO. 15-1600-G-390P
HOPE GAS, INC., dba DOMINION HOPE, a public utility
Clarksburg, Harrison County.
Application for Approval of Pipeline Replacement and
Expansion Program (“PREP”) with PREP Cost Recovery
Mechanism, and of an Initial PREP Rate, pursuant to
W.Va. Code § 24-2-1k (Senate Bill 390)
On September 30, 2015, Hope Gas, Inc., doing business as Dominion Hope filed for approval of a Pipeline Replacement and Expansion Program (PREP) with an associated PREP Cost Recovery Mechanism and initial PREP Rates under the provisions of Senate Bill 390 that was enacted during the 2015 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature. Senate Bill 390 authorizes the Public Service Commission of West Virginia to approve cost recovery of projects to replace, upgrade, and expand natural gas utility infrastructure that are deemed to be just and reasonable and in the public interest.
In its Application, Dominion Hope proposes to implement its PREP, a multi-year plan scheduled to begin in 2016. During the first five-year period, Dominion Hope proposes to invest approximately $158 million for infrastructure replacement and system upgrades, including $24.4 million in 2016. The PREP covers several categories of plant asset replacements and improvements, including mains, service lines, customer service piping, regulator stations and other plant equipment. These plant investments are proposed to be made in Dominion Hope service territories throughout the State. These projects are identified in the Application, which is on file and available for public inspection at the Commission’s offices at 201 Brooks Street, Charleston, West Virginia.
Dominion Hope proposes to recover costs associated with these investments through an additional increment within the fixed, or, in the alternative, volumetric, base rate component of its rates, to be effective on March 1, 2016. Dominion Hope projects that if the program and rate increments are approved as requested, the average monthly bill for its various classes of customers will be changed on March 1, 2016, as follows:
TYPE OF CUSTOMER    $ INCREASE    {4ceb532c6f579389df471c6c1e832caf2346b74dc60fcbf6aabd4d29df3baf9c} INCREASE
Residential        $ 0.65        1.05{4ceb532c6f579389df471c6c1e832caf2346b74dc60fcbf6aabd4d29df3baf9c}
Commercial        $ 2.05        0.88{4ceb532c6f579389df471c6c1e832caf2346b74dc60fcbf6aabd4d29df3baf9c}
Large Commercial        $ 64.03        0.85{4ceb532c6f579389df471c6c1e832caf2346b74dc60fcbf6aabd4d29df3baf9c}
Industrial        $ 97.19        0.06{4ceb532c6f579389df471c6c1e832caf2346b74dc60fcbf6aabd4d29df3baf9c}
Resale        $ 71.33        0.38{4ceb532c6f579389df471c6c1e832caf2346b74dc60fcbf6aabd4d29df3baf9c}
The increases shown are based on averages of all customers in the indicated classes. Each class may receive an increase greater or less than stated here. Individual customers may receive increases that are greater or less than average. Furthermore, the requested increased rates and charges are only a proposal and are subject to change (increase or decrease) by the Public Service Commission in its review of this filing. Any increase in rates and charges will not become effective until authorized and approved by the Public Service Commission.
The Commission set a procedural schedule, including a hearing on the Application, if necessary, that will begin at 9:30 a.m. on January 7, 2016, in the Howard M. Cunningham Hearing Room at the Commission’s offices at 201 Brooks Street, Charleston, West Virginia. If no opposition to the Application is received by the Commission within one week of the hearing date, the hearing may be waived and the Commission may issue a final order within 150 days of the Application filing date.
Anyone desiring to intervene should file a written petition to intervene within 20 days following the date of this publication unless otherwise modified by Commission order. All requests to intervene should briefly state the reason for the request to intervene and comply with the rules on intervention set forth in the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Commission will receive public comments until the beginning of the hearing. All written comments and requests to intervene should state the case name and number and be addressed to Executive Secretary, Public Service Commission of West Virginia, P.O. Box 812, Charleston, West Virginia 25323, with copies to Brien J. Fricke, Senior Counsel, Dominion Hope, 48 Columbia Boulevard, Clarksburg, West Virginia 26301 and Kurt L. Krieger, P.O. Box 1588, Charleston, West Virginia, 25326-1588.