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CHARLESTON — Higher gas prices will mean bigger gas utility bills for West Virginia ratepayers this winter. How much bigger is yet to be determined, and the staff for West Virginia utility regulators has come up with recommendations for how much rates should climb.

They’re lower than the rates requested by gas utilities, but still significant increases, raised to cover the costs utilities pay suppliers for the gas they deliver to ratepayers.

Mike Tony covers energy and the environment for HD Media. He can be reached at 304-348-1236 or mtony@hdmediallc.com. Follow @Mike__Tony on Twitter.

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