The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has scheduled four hearings in the city next month on Philadelphia Gas Works' proposed $70 million rate increase, which would boost monthly residential bills by $10.59, or 11.3 percent.
The PUC will hold two hearings on May 9: At 10 a.m. at the commission's office at 801 Market Street, sixth floor; and at 6 p.m. at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Gymnasium, 8501 Provident Avenue.
Two more hearings will be held on May 10: At 10 a.m. at the Philadelphia Free Library, 1901 Vine Street; and at 6 p.m. at the George Washington High School auditorium, 10175 Bustleton Avenue.
The city-owned utility's rate request would include a boost in the fixed monthly customer charge from $12 to $18, which would be the highest in the state. PGW says it needs the rate increase because warming weather trends are causing customers to use less gas to heat their homes.