Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 | 12:41 p.m.
CARSON CITY — The state Public Utilities Commission has voted to permit Southwest Gas to raise its basic service charge by 20 percent for most of its customers.
Commission Chairwoman Alaina Burtenshaw, the hearing officer in the case, had recommended the utility be authorized to boost the basic rate from $9 per month to $9.50.
But Commissioners Rebecca Wagner and David Noble said the request by Southwest for an increase to $10.80 a month — a 20 percent increase — was justified.
The increase will be imposed on single-family homes in Southern and Northern Nevada and on multi-family residences in Northern Nevada. The current $9 per month charge will remain the same for multi-family residences in Southern Nevada.
The rates will become effective after the staff of the PUC reviews the plan of Southwest to implement the decision.