Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | 11:07 a.m.
CARSON CITY — Southwest Gas Co. is asking the state Public Utilities Commission for permission to raise rates in the Las Vegas area and lower them in Northern Nevada.
The change would increase revenue by $1.8 million a year in Clark County and decrease it by $11,000 in Northern Nevada.
It is the company’s annual request to adjust rates to offset business and other expenses.
Southwest says that for a residential customer in Clark County using an average 19 therms during the summer months, bills would increase by 10 cents, or 0.44 percent. For the same customer in the winter months, using 64 therms, the monthly increase would be 31 cents, or 0.62 percent.
In Northern Nevada, the average residential customer would not see any change in rates during the summer but would see a one cent decrease in the winter. Southwest serves the rural areas outside of Washoe County in Northern Nevada.
The PUC has set a prehearing conference for July 11 in Las Vegas and Carson City.