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Natural gas rate cut less than expected

Lower rates for WP Natural Gas customers took effect Tuesday, though the cuts for residential customers weren't as deep as the company originally proposed.

Typical residential customers' rates will fall 2.15 percent or 75 cents a month. In October, the company said it intended to cut rates $1.39 per month for typical residential customers.

Scott Morris, general manager for WP Natural Gas in Medford, said some of the funding for the residential rate cut was shifted to a commercial rate cut.

The decrease for smaller businesses was 2.64 percent and the rate for larger businesses fell — percent, Morris said.

The Oregon Public Utility Commission approved the rate cut Monday.

The commission also approved rate increases for the state's other two natural gas companies, Northwest Natural Gas and Cascade Natural Gas. The rate increase for typical residential customers was $1.20 per month for Northwest Natural Gas and $1.77 per month for Cascade Natural Gas.