Liberty Utilities customers in Northeast Missouri will see their natural gas bills going up following Tuesday’s announcement by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).

Liberty Utilities customers in Northeast Missouri will see their natural gas bills going up following Tuesday’s announcement by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).

Residential customers in the Northeast District, which consists of the Missouri counties of Clark, Lewis, Knox, Marion, Pike, Ralls and Scotland, currently pay approximately $0.54 per Ccf (per hundred cubic feet) of natural gas. The rate will increase to approximately $0.60 per Ccf, an increase of approximately $0.06 per Ccf.

The change will take effect on Monday, Dec. 1.

Northeast Missouri residents are not the only Liberty customers who will see their rates going up next month. Customers in the Kirksville and West districts will also see their rates increasing. Rates in the Kirksville District, which consists of Macon, Adair and Schuyler counties, will rise approximately $0.06 per Ccf from approximately $0.59 per Ccf to approximately $0.65 per Ccf.

The West District, made up of Bates, Cass, Henry and St. Clair counties, will see the biggest rate hike - approximately $0.08 per Ccf. Rates there are increasing from approximately $0.49 per Ccf to approximately $0.57 per Ccf.

Liberty’s customers in Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Iron, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne counties will see their bills go down a bit. The Southeast District, which currently pays approximately $0.57 per Ccf, will see a decrease of approximately $0.03 per Ccf to approximately $0.54 per Ccf.

According to the PSC, the approved changes reflect the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in the company’s Actual Cost Adjustment (ACA) factor. The ACA factor is a mechanism which tracks any over-collection or under-collection of actual natural gas costs over a 12-month period. The net over-or under-collected balances are subsequently either refunded or collected the next year.

The PSC noted that approximately 55 percent to 60 percent of a customer’s current natural gas bill reflects the cost of natural gas from wholesale suppliers. The wholesale cost of natural gas (the cost your local natural gas company must pay to its suppliers for natural gas) is not regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission. The wellhead cost of natural gas is unregulated and is primarily driven by supply, demand and the weather.

Liberty Utilities (formerly Atmos Energy Corporation) serves approximately 54,600 natural gas customers in Missouri.