Natural gas lab approaches KCC about surcharge

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A nonprofit group from Illinois is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission to support its efforts to seek a surcharge on natural gas utilities.

The Gas Technology Institute, based in Des Plaines, Ill., says the surcharge would raise money to support safety and research.

A representative from the institute told the KCC last week that the proposed surcharge would be about 90 cents per customer per year, and raise an estimated $845,000.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/120Gulz ) the institute argues customers would benefit from research on how to make appliances and homes more efficient and pipelines safer.

A spokeswoman for Kansas Gas Service says that group has not asked the KCC for permission to add a research and development surcharge, but it might do so in the future.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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