Alabama Gas

Newspaper-Gas Company Documents
4:26 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Alabama Judge Lifts Ban On Newspaper Publication

A judge has lifted his ban that temporarily blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information from Alabama Gas Corp. documents.
Credit Alabama Gas Company

A judge has lifted his ban that temporarily blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information from Alabama Gas Corp. documents.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance issued an order Tuesday dissolving his order that prohibited the newspaper from using information from a utility document about gas lines.

Alagasco sought the ban arguing that information in the document could present a national security threat, and the judge agreed initially.

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Newspaper-Gas Company Records
4:17 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Judge Weighs Ending Ban On Newspaper Publication

Alagasco sued to block any stories after the Montgomery Advertiser asked questions about the contents of a gas line safety document.
Credit Alabama Gas Company

An Alabama judge is considering whether to lift his order blocking the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing material from a utility company document.

During a hearing Monday, attorneys for the paper asked Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance to end the ban. They say it's unconstitutional prior restraint.

Lawyers for Alabama Gas Corp. argue the paper received a gas line safety document illegally through an open records request. They've asked Vance to make the publication ban permanent.

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Laclede Group-Alabama Gas
3:45 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Laclede Group Completes Purchase Of Alabama Gas

Alabama's largest natural gas utility, Birmingham-based Alabama Gas Corp., has been purchased by the Laclede Group.
Credit Cayenne Creative

The Laclede Group has completed its purchase of Alabama's largest natural gas utility, Birmingham-based Alabama Gas Corp.

Laclede announced the completion of the deal with Energen on Tuesday and said it involved about $1.35 billion in cash and the assumption of $250 million in long-term debt.

Laclede, based in St. Louis, Missouri, announced in April that it would buy Alabama Gas from Energen and expand its service area beyond Missouri. Prior to the acquisition, the company had about 1.1 million customers in Missouri and now has more than 1.5 million in the two states.

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Alabama Gas Rates
4:01 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Alabama Gas Rates To Dip October 1

The Alabama Public Service Commission voted for Alabama Gas to refund $16.5 million to its customers through lower rates between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Credit Cayenne Creative

Customers of Alabama's largest natural gas distributor are going to see a reduction in their rates starting in the fall.

The Alabama Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday for Alabama Gas to refund $16.5 million to its customers through lower rates between Oct. 1 and March 31. PSC members timed the lower rates to coincide with winter heating bills.

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Alabama Gas Rates
4:17 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Utility Board OKs New Rate Plan For Alabama Gas

The state's utility regulatory board has approved a new rate plan for Alabama Gas Co.
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The state's utility regulatory board has approved a new rate plan for Alabama Gas Co. that is forecast to save customers money.

The Public Service Commission had been allowing Alabama Gas a return on equity of 13.15 percent to 13.65 percent.

The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to set a lower range of 10.5 percent to 10.95 percent. The change is due to take effect with the new year.

PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh said the typical customer should save $33 annually.

The rate plan is similar to one the PSC approved earlier for Mobile Gas Co.

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Politics & Government
7:32 am
Tue August 27, 2013

PSC Sets Meetings on Alabama Gas Rates

The Public Service Commission is holding three public meetings to discuss the rates of Alabama Gas rates.
www.psc.state.al.us

The state's utility regulatory board has scheduled three public meetings to discuss the rates of Alabama Gas.
   The Public Service Commission says the first meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at the PSC hearing room in Montgomery. Meetings are also planned for Sept. 25 and Oct. 9.

   The PSC previously held hearings on rates for Mobile Gas and Alabama Power Co. Those meetings resulted in changes to the companies' rate structures. PSC members say consumers should see savings with their bills starting January.

Utility Rates
4:27 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Ala. PSC Rejects Call For Formal Review Of Rates

The Alabama Public Service Commission rejects call for formal review of rates of state's three largest investor-owned utilities.
Credit http://www.psc.state.al.us/ / Alabama Public Service Commission

The Alabama Public Service Commission has blocked Commissioner Terry Dunn's request for a formal review of the rate structures for Alabama's three largest investor-owned utilities.


Dunn made a motion Thursday for formal reviews of Alabama Power, Alabama Gas and Mobile Gas, but commissioners Twinkle Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden said an informal process is the best way to proceed. That will begin later this month with Mobile Gas.

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Natural Gas Prices
7:38 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Dunn Says Hedging Cost Alabama Gas Customers $245 M

Commissioner Dunn says hedging cost Alabama Gas Corp. customers $245 million since 2003.
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A member of the Public Service Commission says hedging agreements on natural gas prices have added nearly $245 million to the bills of Alabama Gas Corp. customers since the state's largest natural gas distributor started the practice in 2003.

PSC member Terry Dunn said Alabama Gas is one of many utilities that used the risk-management strategy and saw it "go very badly in recent years." He said it points to the need for the PSC to re-examine its rules on hedging agreements.