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Natural gas, water rate increases fuel 1.2 pct rise in W.Va. residents' utility bills in 2013
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:03 PM EST
A new report says West Virginians paid 1.2 percent more for utilities in 2013 than in the previous year, primarily because of increases in natural gas and water rates.
Utility rates ranged from $258.82 in Morgantown to $316.25 in Bluefield.
Consumer Advocate Division director Jackie Roberts says the increases in natural gas and water rates last year were offset by a decline in electricity rates.
Roberts said rates have increased by 18 percent for water and 7 percent for electricity since 2010. Natural gas rates have fallen 18 percent.