Intermountain Gas Company files to Increase Prices

BOISE, IDAHO – August 8, 2014 -- Intermountain Gas Company filed its annual Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment (PGA) application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to change prices by an overall average increase of 2.64%, or $6.7 million, and if approved, would be effective October 1, 2014.  The main reason for the filing is an increase in the price of natural gas that Intermountain purchases for its customers.  Intermountain’s earnings will not increase as a result of the proposed change in prices and revenues.

If approved, residential customers using natural gas for space and water heating will see an average increase of 3.81%, or $1.89 per month.  Customers using natural gas for space heating only will see an average increase of $1.40 per month, or 3.64%, based on average weather and usage.  Commercial customers, on average, would see an increase of $0.31 per month or 0.15%.

The company is also proposing to eliminate the temporary surcharges and credits that have been included in its current prices during the past year.  Newer temporary surcharges and credits will be included going forward.  Even with this requested increase, the aforementioned gas-cost portion of Intermountain’s prices will be 50% lower than in 2005. 

Scott Madison, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intermountain said, “The slight increase in the cost of natural gas is mainly a supply and demand issue.  Last winter’s cold weather in the eastern U.S. put an upward pressure on prices, and also put a significant dent into natural gas storage levels across the country.  There also continues to be an increase in demand from natural gas-fired electric generation.  Fortunately, we continue to see increased domestic natural gas production, and we anticipate prices will remain fairly stable in the coming years.”

Intermountain continues to urge all its customers to use energy wisely.  Conservation tips, information on government payment energy assistance, and programs to help customers level out their energy bills over the year can be found on the company’s website,

A Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment application is filed each year to ensure the costs Intermountain incurs on behalf of its customers are reflected in its sales prices. The request is a proposal, and is subject to public review and approval by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. A copy of the application is available at the Commission’s office and on its homepage at  and Intermountain’s website at . Written comments regarding the application may be filed with the Commission.  Customers may also subscribe to the Commission’s RSS feed to receive periodic updates via email.

Rate Case - Full Filing Document – 08/08/14

Northwest Gas Association Releases 2014 Gas Outlook

Source: Northwest Gas Association Website - March 24, 2014
This week the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA) released the 2014 edition of the annual Natural Gas Outlook Study, a regional look at natural gas supply, demand and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.

 J.D. Power recognizes Intermountain Gas for outstanding customer satisfaction for fourth straight year

BOISE, IDAHOSept. 18, 2013 – For the fourth straight year, Intermountain Gas Company received the highest ranking in satisfaction among residential natural gas customers in the midsize natural gas utilities segment of the West Region in a tie, according to a national study.

The 2013 J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customers Satisfaction StudySM was released today. Intermountain Gas received a score of 655, which tied for the highest among midsize natural gas utilities in the West Region. The regional average score was 646. The study looks at six survey areas: billing and payment, price, corporate citizenship, communications, field service and customer service.

“For the fourth year in a row, this is an outstanding recognition for our employees, who make it their highest priority every day to provide safe and reliable natural gas service,” said Scott Madison, executive vice president and general manager of Intermountain Gas. “Intermountain takes great pride in serving our more than 312,000 customers in southern Idaho.”

In its 12th year, the study surveys customer satisfaction across a number of factors, including billing and payment, price, corporate citizenship, communications, customer service and field service.

Intermountain Gas Company is a natural gas distribution company serving approximately 312,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 74 communities in southern Idaho. Intermountain is a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc., a multidimensional natural resources enterprise traded on the New York Stock Exchange as “MDU.” For more information about MDU Resources, visit the company’s Web site at For more information about Intermountain, visit


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Intermountain Gas Restores Service to Customers After Idaho Fire, Evacuations

Picture of Beaver Creek Fire near Hailey, IdahoAugust 28, 2013 - Over the past month, a wildfire on the west side of the Wood River Valley near Hailey, Idaho, has scorched more than 113,000 acres, including some of the state’s most prestigious resort areas. Ignited Aug. 7 by a lightning strike, the Beaver Creek Fire prompted the evacuation of more than 400 homes in rural residential areas affected by the blaze, including Intermountain Gas Co. customers. 

Intermountain crews began shutting down local distribution systems Aug. 12 during the evacuation orders until the fire could be contained. The utility worked in tandem with emergency managers as the fire approached Hailey and began moving north to Ketchum, Idaho. More than 20 Intermountain employees assisted in shut-off operations.

Picture of Beaver Creek Fire near Hailey, Idaho“Everyone from our crews worked safely and efficiently under extreme conditions,” said Byron Defenbach, Manager of Energy Utilization for Intermountain. “Our employees worked long hours in heat, dust and smoke. We had no work injuries during shut-off and restoration efforts, and that’s a testament to the professionalism of our crews and their commitment to safety.”

Residents began returning to their homes Aug. 20 after the evacuation orders had been lifted, and the fire largely was contained.  Intermountain continued its operations by restoring energy services to homes. In order to do so, gas lines need to be purged and re-pressured. Technicians also had to go into each home to relight pilots for appliances.

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