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Southwest Gas submits proposal to raise rates

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Updated: 6/27/2012 8:44 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- There is word tonight of another utility rate hike. Southwest Gas Corporation wants to raise Las Vegas residents’ rates.

In the application Southwest Gas submitted to the Public Utiltiies Commission the company said the average customer will see a gas bill spike of about $4 a month.

In this economy, that's pretty painful because the average residential energy user saw a $5 a month increase on their NV Energy power bill. Then came the $5 dollar monthly fee for water.

If the natural gas spike gets approved, just total it all up and the average Southern Nevadan could have to fork out about $170 more because of all these utility bill hikes.

Southwest Gas claims it is applying for the rate hike because it is not getting a fair return on their investments.

Company officials say they've had increased expenses to distribute natural gas to their customers.

The Nevada consumer advocates are looking into southwest gas corp's rate hike application.

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