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ELKO — Southwest Gas is asking the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada for a substantial rate increase in Northern Nevada.

In its annual rate adjustment application, the utility proposed to increase the average Northern Nevada residential customer monthly bill an estimated $2.13 in the summer and $7.63 in winter. That calculates to about a 5.6 percent increase in summer and a 7 percent increase in winter.

If approved, the rate change would take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

According to the original filing, the adjustments include changes with unrecovered gas cost expense rates; system shrinkage rates; imbalance commodity and reservation rates; renewable energy program rates; general revenues adjustment rates; and conservation and energy efficiency rates.

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In Southern Nevada, Southwest Gas is proposing an increase to the residential customer monthly bill of roughly $1.30 in the summer and $3.78 in the winter.

Information about Southwest Gas Corporation’s application can be found on the PUCN’s website at puc.nv.gov under docket number 15-06007. A hearing in this docket is scheduled for Nov. 17.

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