If Friday's request is approved by the Public Utility Commission, the average residential customer's monthly bill would rise from $67.17 to $82.92.
Columbia, based in Cecil Township, says it's the first natural gas company to file for a rate increase under a new state law that makes it easier for utilities to recover costs of distributing gas. The company says it has spent $400 million to replace old pipelines in the last five years.
Columbia Gas has about 414,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Pennsylvania, mostly in western Pennsylvania and the greater York area.
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