Missouri’s natural gas companies are having a tough time coping with the higher costs they have to pay for fuel. So, they want to pass along the added costs. Kevin Kelly of the Missouri Public Service Commission says the utilities want to increase rates as soon as possible. He says they are looking at a one-time summer season rate increase. According to Kelly, even if the Commission rejects the request for the summer rate increase, it would likely approve a rate increase that would lead to higher heating costs this winter.