In the Matter of the Petition of Pivotal Utility Holdings, Inc. d/b/a Elizabethtown Gas for Approval of Increased Base Tariff Rates and Charges for Gas Service and Other Tariff Revisions, BPU Docket No.: GR09030195, OAL Docket No.: PUC-03655-2009N

On March 10, 2009, Pivotal Utility Holdings, Inc. d/b/a Elizabethtown Gas ("Company") filed a Petition with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ("Board") seeking approval to increase its rates for natural gas service by $24.8 million.  The increase being requested by the Company is for natural gas distribution service, that is, the rates that that cover the costs of  distributing natural gas through the Company's natural gas distribution pipelines to end users, and the costs of administering customer accounts such as metering, billing, and customer service. Under the Company's proposal, an average monthly bill for a typical residential heating customer using an average of 100 therms per month would increase by about $8.37 per month, or 4.9 per cent.

Public Hearing Statement given by Felicia Thomas-Friel, Deputy Public Advocate on August 11, 2009 at the Rahway Municipal Counsel, Court Chambers, City Hall Plaza, Rahway, New Jersey.

Direct Testimony of Robert J. Henkes, Matthew I. Kahal, Brian Kalcic, Richard LeLash, Michael J. Majoros, Jr., David Nichols, Dian P.Callaghan, Michael J. McFadden (includes A.E. Middents and John N. Peters) and David E. Peterson filed on behalf of the Department of the Public Advocate, Division of Rate Counsel on August 21, 2009.