clear
Friday September 4th, 2015 6:31AM

PSC approves improvements to AGL pipeline, increase in rates

By Staff
ATLANTA - Atlanta Gas Light has received regulatory approval to install new pipelines and other facilities to improve capacity and pressure in Hall, Dawson, Forsyth, Gwinnett and other "high-growth" counties in Georgia. With this action, comes an increase in rates for AGL customers.

The state Public Service Commission (PSC) voted unanimously recently to accept a staff-negotiated settlement approving the second phase of the company's STRIDE program (Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement).

"Over the next four years, we will invest approximately $215 million to improve our core transmission and distribution facilities in several metro-Atlanta counties to minimize the risk of our customers experiencing service disruption during periods of extreme cold weather," said Bryan Batson, president of Atlanta Gas Light.

Started in 2009 as part of a 10-year system reinforcement program, the first phase of STRIDE expended $254 million to improve capacity and pressure in the heart of Atlanta and Riverdale and in Cherokee, Cobb, North Fulton, and Forsyth counties. A new supply point also was added by the company by tapping into an interstate gas line in Newnan.

The PSC also recently approved a $46 million expansion of AGL's Customer Growth program to expand the natural gas system into communities throughout the state that are currently unserved or underserved. including several in the Northeast Georgia mountains.

System extensions in the first phase of the program were $45 million and included an industrial area in Bryan County in the Savannah area, residential areas of Lake Sinclair, Grovetown in Columbia County, and the mountainous communities of Cleveland and Helen in White County, and Ellijay and Blue Ridge in Gilmer and Fannin counties.

The STRIDE program extension will increase customer bills by $0.48 beginning in January of 2015, an additional $0.48 in January of 2016, and $0.47 in January of 2017. Since 1998, AGL officials say, changes in rates, including the latest action, have remained at or below the rate of inflation.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Missing Ga. bank director arrested in Brunswick
A bank director accused of losing millions of investors' dollars before vanishing last year was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in a city in south Georgia.
7:00PM ( 1 year ago )
S&P 500 index has its best year since 1997
The stock market closed out a record year with more all-time highs on Tuesday, giving U.S. indexes their biggest annual gains in almost two decades.
6:56PM ( 1 year ago )
Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.
1:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Business News
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Victim critical following apartment fire
A 41-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after being rescued from an apartment fire in Forsyth County late Monday afternoon.
3:16PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Medicaid growth creates gap of 5M without coverage; 409K in Ga.
About 5 million people will be without health care next year that they would have gotten simply if they lived somewhere else in America.
7:30AM ( 1 year ago )
Vandals spray graffiti against Kerry in West Bank
Suspected Jewish vandals set fire to three vehicles in a West Bank village early on Tuesday and sprayed threatening graffiti referring to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of his expected visit to the region, police said.
7:28AM ( 1 year ago )
Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft
The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies.
2:23PM ( 1 year ago )
Politics
Biden says 2016 bid will hinge on whether he and his family have 'emotional energy' to run
ATLANTA (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says he is unsure if he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, saying his decision will hinge on whether he and his family have the "emotional energy...
3:33AM ( 2 hours ago )
Domestic dispute sees Gainesville baby abandoned on Rabbittown roadway
Two Gainesville residents involved in a domestic dispute were arrested Thursday afternoon after they abandoned their baby on the side of a Rabbittown road.
8:37PM ( 9 hours ago )
Report: Dog charged police, prompting gunfire in wrong home
A dog charged police officers who entered the wrong Atlanta home searching for a burglar, prompting gunfire that seriously wounded an officer, injured the homeowner and killed the animal, according to a police report released Thursday.
6:43PM ( 11 hours ago )
Settlement reached for one Hall Co. firefighter injured in 2014 training accident
One of the Hall County firefighters injured in a training accident in July 2014 has reached a settlement with Sutphen Corporation, the company who manufactured the ladder truck that malfunctioned in the accident.
2:52PM ( 15 hours ago )
Ga. students perform better on SAT, national average drops
The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) reported Thursday that Georgia students’ SAT scores for 2015 increased five points, even as the national average dropped seven points.
By AccessWDUN Staff
2:05PM ( 16 hours ago )