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Public speaks out against Xcel request for natural gas rate increase


A handful of citizens spoke out Monday against Xcel Energy's request for $111 million in higher natural gas rates.

"I think it's outrageous," said Deborah Quintana Hegtvedt of Arvada. "This is definitely going to hurt the low-income and the middle-income. Xcel is asking time and time again for rate increases. It's time for the public to stand up and say enough is enough."

Hegtvedt and others spoke at a public-comment hearing at the offices of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

At issue was the rate hike application that Xcel said is necessary to overhaul its Colorado natural gas pipeline ...