Q & A Kansas Gas System Reliability Surcharge (GSRS)
The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved an increase in the Gas System Reliability Surcharge for Kansas gas customer accounts beginning July 1.
Under statutes passed in 2006 and revised effective January 1, 2019, Kansas natural gas utility companies can request to recover qualifying costs and earn a return on investments that have been made since each company’s last rate review. Eligible costs include those associated with maintaining a safe, reliable system. Also considered are the costs for relocating lines due to road projects, cyber-security, etc.
July 1, 2019.
The GSRS will allow Black Hills to recover qualifying components of our approximately $38.4 million investment in eligible projects since June 30, 2014, the end date of the test year for our most recent Black Hills Kansas rate review.
The GSRS function is a state law passed in 2006 with revisions effective in 2019.
The surcharge will be a fixed monthly rate per meter:
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These rates are applicable to both sales and transportation rate schedules, except where not permitted under a separately-negotiated customer contract.
The surcharge is labeled “GSRS.”
July bills will include a bill message:
Per state law and with Kansas Corporation Commission approval, the Gas System Reliability Surcharge (GSRS) was adjusted effective July 1. The GSRS allows utilities to recover eligible investments which are necessary to maintain a safe, reliable gas system.
Yes, all customer classes are included, but the surcharge does not apply to certain discounted contract customers.
Yes. Each annual filing shall not increase the GSRS more than $0.80 per residential customer over the most recent GSRS filing.
Reconciliation can occur at the end of each twelve-month calendar period the GSRS is in effect. A utility may file for a change in its rates no more than once every 12 months.