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PSC Approves Improvements in the Atlanta Gas Light Pipeline Distribution System to Promote Economic Development

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ATLANTA, December 12, 2013 – As part of its essential role to promote
economic development in Georgia, the Georgia Public Service Commission
(Commission) today unanimously approved two agreements for improvements
in the Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGLC) natural gas pipeline
distribution system. These agreements will ensure that adequate
distribution system capacity, system pressure, and system resources
exist to provide safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to every
customer in the AGLC delivery area. The agreements, signed by both AGLC
and the Commission Staff, are for the 2013-2017 Integrated System
Reinforcement Program (i-SRP 2.0) Plan in Docket 37370 and the
2013-2017 Integrated Customer Growth Program (i-CGP 2.0) Plan in Docket
37371 under Georgia STRIDE. Under these programs, AGLC and its
ratepayers will make an estimated $261 million investment in
improvements to their distribution system over the next four years.

“This Commission realizes that extending and improving the natural gas
distribution system is vital to Georgia’s economic development,” said
Commission Chairman Chuck Eaton. “Today’s decision will allow Atlanta Gas Light Company to extend service to unserved and underservedcustomers and will promote economic development across our state.”

The terms of the two agreements include:

* The Commission maintains final approval authority over all
projects.

* The Company will file quarterly, semi-annual and annual
reports with the Commission on expenditures and progress of all
projects.

* The 2013-2017 i-SRP 2.0 Plan in Docket 37370 addresses
distribution system reliability issues in Coweta, Fayette, Gwinnett,
Hall, Forsyth and Dawson Counties.

* The estimated cost of these projects under the i-SRP 2.0 Plan
is $214.8 million

* Beginning on the first marketer bills after January 1, 2015
all firm customers will pay an additional $0.39 per month and each
successive month through December 2015 for the i-SRP program under
Georgia STRIDE.

* The 2013-2017 i-CGP 2.0 Plan in Docket 37371 is comprised of
the strategic corridor investment program and the line extension
program. AGLC has requested approval of the Liberty County project under
the i-CGP 2.0 Plan.

* The estimated cost of this project under i-CGP 2.0 Plan is $46
million.

* Beginning on the first marketer bills after January 1, 2015
all firm customers will pay an additional $0.09 per month and each
successive month through December 2015 for the i-CGP program under
Georgia STRIDE.

* The Commission Staff will conduct quarterly prudence audits
for both programs.

In January 2010, the Commission approved the i-CGP program to provide an
economic development component to the Georgia Strategic Infrastructure
Development and Enhancement Program (STRIDE). The Commission approved
the i-SRP program in October 2009 that is designed to be a ten-year
construction program of improvements to AGLC’s core transmission and
distributions facilities to better meet the peak day demand from its
customers.

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