Meter Reading and Billing

Meter Reading and Billing

The Company’s filed rates for gas services are predicated on the delivery of gas, as far as practicable, for a thirty- (30) day period. Meters will be read at approximately thirty- (30) day intervals except as defined below.

The Company may, however, at its option, read some or all meters in alternate months, and render a monthly or bi-monthly bill. If a monthly bill is rendered in the intervening months it shall be based upon an estimated consumption of gas, which bill will be due and payable when rendered. When a meter reading is obtained and an actual quantity of gas is determined, that quantity previously billed the Customer on an estimated basis will be deducted from the total quantity used during the period and a bill rendered for the remaining quantity.

In the event a meter reading cannot be obtained at the regularly scheduled time, whether monthly or in alternate months, postcards (postage pre-paid) may be used by the Company to obtain the reading. If the Customer marks the card accurately and returns it in the time described thereon, or makes a timely call to the Company at the telephone number provided, the pertinent bill will be based on the Customer reading; otherwise, it will be estimated. Bills rendered for gas service on an estimated basis shall have the same force and effect as those based upon actual meter readings, subject to the provisions of Chapter 810 of the MPUC Rules and Regulations including Section 6 thereof.  Bills rendered for gas service based on Customer meter reads are subject to correction and rebilling, if necessary, when the Company next reads the Customer s meter.