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Published: Thursday, 7/17/2008

Columbia Gas seeks rate of $1.35 for August

COLUMBUS Columbia Gas of Ohio asked state regulators yesterday for permission to lower its natural gas rate in August to $1.35 per 100 cubic feet, 8 cents less than the current rate.

The utility filed its request with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, which is expected to approve it. In August a year ago Columbia Gas charged a rate of 98 cents.

Columbia Gas said it expects the average monthly bill in August to be $26, an 8 percent decrease from July. Rates apply only to customers of Columbia Gas, or about 24 percent of all northwest Ohio customers using natural gas.

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