- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A natural gas service company is proposing an energy charge hike for customers in western North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen-Times (https://avlne.ws/2a6Hu3p ) reports that PSNC Energy has proposed a rate increase between 9 and 11 percent, depending on the season and efficiency of equipment.

PSNC Energy spokeswoman Persida Montanez says the company has invested a lot of money in its pipeline system and they’re trying to recover some of those costs.

If the rate increase is approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, it would go into effect in November. The commission will host a public hearing on the rate increase in Asheville on Aug. 24.

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