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Hearing on Liberty Utility rate increase slated for tonight

PSC recommends utility get only half of its proposed hike . . .

No members of the public turned out to oppose a major rate increase proposed by Liberty Utility at online public hearings but another hearing will be held this evening at 6 p.m.

Also the utility would only get about half of what it is asking if recommendations from the Missouri Public Service Commission’s staff are adopted instead of what the utility is asking.

If approved by regulators, the rate adjustment in 2022 would cost the average Liberty Missouri customer about $12.76 per month based on approximately 1,000 kilowatt-hours of usage per month.

The increase also would spread Liberty’s costs involved with last February’s winter storm over 13 years, rather than six months.

That would raise rates just over $7 a month more for the average customer.

Another public hearing in the case will be at 6 p.m. this evening .It  will be streamed live on the Missouri PSC’s website at

To attend the virtual public hearing by telephone, at the time of the hearing, call 1-855-718-6621 toll-free, listen to the prompt and enter the meeting number (access code) and the password of 0312, followed by #.

To participate by video/internet, visit the website

People can also download the Cisco WebEx meetings application on a mobile device, laptop, desktop or tablet before the hearing and join the meeting at the hearing time by entering the access code 1-776-48-0348.

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