Summit Utilities cleared by Arkansas regulators over high gas prices

Arkansas Public Service Commission clears Summit Utilities in price hike  inquiry | KARK


The Arkansas Public Service Commission recently cleared Summit Utilities of any wrongdoing regarding the purchase of natural gas and its billing practices.

Summit, a firm that is also regulated by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission came under suspicion over increased costs from 2021 to 2022.

The Arkansas regulators determined that gas costs were “just and reasonable” as they increased 35%, reported KATV news in Little Rock.

The “commission finds no evidence that [Summit] has violated any” of the commission’s regulatory rules that govern the utility, stated the announcement from the APSC.

“The commission further finds that [Summit] has corrected all billing errors that were at issue in the docket.”

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin had called for the commission to investigate last March.

The commission’s announcement drew a statement of response from Summit Utilities. It said the firm “has and will continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to our customers and responsible business practices.”

“Summit is pleased the Arkansas Public Service Commission affirmed Summit did not violate any [commission] rules and found that Summit’s gas costs were just and reasonable,” the company said. “Since January, Summit has implemented enhancements to its systems and the company will continue to focus on ways we can best serve our customers.”

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