JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Spire Energy customers in Kansas City can expect a jump in their next gas bill.
The Missouri Public Service Commission approved a rate increase for Spire West customers, which includes the Kansas City area.
The increase takes effect on November 29, 2022. The company predicts the increase will cost homeowners about $8 more per month.
Spire says this rate increase is designed to address the rising cost of natural gas from wholesale suppliers. According to the company, this cost is between 50% and 55% of the customer’s monthly bill.
Spire is also asking the commission to approve an additional 10 percent raise to pay for infrastructure improvements and pay raises for employees.
Spire estimates that an additional 10% will add about $10 per month to a customer’s bill.
The commission may decide on a second rate hike at the end of January, meaning customers could see it at the end of February or in March.
The Kansas City Council passed a resolution in September, a second proposed rate hike caused concern. The resolution says the increase poses risks to residents and consumers already facing inflation.
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