Chattanooga Gas rates to rise about 25% this winter for most residential customers

State regulators approve 5.66% increase, effective Sept. 1, to recover utility investments, upgrades in the past year.

Staff file photo / Markers denoting underground Chattanooga Gas Co. lines are seen along the Wauhatchie Trail on the foot of Lookout Mountain in 2014.
photo Staff file photo / Markers denoting underground Chattanooga Gas Co. lines are seen along the Wauhatchie Trail on the foot of Lookout Mountain in 2014.

The typical residential customer of Chattanooga Gas Co. will pay about 25% more in their monthly heating bills this winter compared to last year, reflecting higher natural gas prices and the cost of investments the utility has made to maintain and upgrade its natural gas service in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Public Utility Commission voted Monday to approve the company's request for a 5.66% increase in its Annual Review Mechanism that allows utilities to recover capital investments needed to maintain gas delivery service to its customers. The rate increase adopted by state regulators will add $4.20