Richardson residents, businesses could see gas rates go up in December

Richardson residents and businesses could see a gas rate increase beginning Dec. 1 as the result of an annual rate review by Atmos Energy. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Richardson residents and businesses could see a gas rate increase beginning Dec. 1 as the result of an annual rate review by Atmos Energy. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Richardson residents and businesses could see a gas rate increase beginning Dec. 1 as the result of an annual rate review by Atmos Energy. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Richardson residents and businesses could see a gas rate increase beginning Dec. 1.

The recommended change is the result of a rate review process overseen by the Atmos Cities Steering Committee, of which Richardson is a founding member.

Each year, Atmos Energy files a rate request with the committee. Over the course of several months, the committee reviews and negotiates the proposed rate before returning a final recommendation.

Atmos originally proposed a systemwide increase of $43.4 million, according to a Sept. 13 presentation made by Todd Gastorf, purchasing and franchise manager for the city of Richardson. Following negotiations, an increase of roughly $31.5 million was recommended by the steering committee, Gastorf said.

If approved, the change would raise the minimum residential base rate by $0.60 from $20.25 to $20.85 per month, while the commercial base rate would increase by $2 from $54.50 to $56.60 per month.


Consumption rates would also increase, Gastorf said. The committee is proposing to increase the residential charge from $0.26651 to $0.27979 and the commercial charge from $0.11728 to $0.12263. Consumption rates are based on usage, Gastorf said.

The rate change is based on capital investments made in 2020, so it does not include repairs or maintenance that occurred as a result of February’s winter storm, Gastorf said. Those investments will likely be included in next year’s rate review process, he added.

Normally, rate changes would go into effect Oct. 1; however, Atmos has agreed to a two-month delay, resulting in the Dec. 1 effective date. This will result in a savings of $3.8 million systemwide, Gastorf said.

Since 2016, Atmos has invested $19 million in Richardson’s gas system infrastructure. In 2020, it invested $3.5 million, Gastorf said.

Council will vote on the settlement agreement at its Sept. 27 meeting.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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