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Atmos Energy files for $6.1 million rate increase
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A spokesman for the Georgia Public Service Commission said Friday that Atmos Energy, which serves 10,000 customers in the Gainesville area, has filed for a $6.1 million rate increase.

Bill Edge, a spokesman for the commission, said the application was filed in late March and would increase the average bill by $4.70 per month.

Atmos serves Georgia customers in the Gainesville and Columbus areas.

Edge said the PSC is planning hearings in Gainesville on Sept. 3-4.

Atmos last filed for a rate increase in 2006. Company spokesman Joel Ames in Columbus said the PSC only granted an increase for $400,000 additional capital.
"That was a fraction of what we asked for," Ames said.
The PSC case was upheld on appeal to Fulton County Superior Court.

In 2005, the PSC voted to give Atmos Energy less than one-tenth of a requested $4.5 million rate increase.

The final amount, $370,000, raised the average bill by 37 cents.

The company currently a total of 65,000 customers in Columbus and Gainesville.

The schedule of hearings in the case will be as follows:

June 30-July 2, 2008: The Company presents its direct case

August 12-14, 2008: Staff and other intervenors present testimony and evidence

September 3-4, 2008: The Company presents its rebuttal case. The hearings will be held in Gainesville.

September 17, 2008: The Commission issues its decision in a Special Administrative Session

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