UGI Utilities Files Modest Gas Cost Increase for Its Penn Natural Gas Affiliate
READING, PA, February 28, 2014 — UGI Utilities, Inc. (UGI) announced today that its purchased natural gas costs will remain effectively the same as those charged one year ago for residential, commercial and industrial customers across most of its service territory.
UGI Gas Division and UGI Central Penn Gas customers will see no increase in their monthly bills. UGI Penn Natural Gas customers will see a modest increase in gas costs effective March 1. UGI Penn Natural Gas serves more than 162,000 customers in 13 counties throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania, including customers in and around Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport.
The average UGI Penn Natural Gas residential heating customer’s bill will increase 3.1 percent, from $91.33 to $94.17 per month. UGI Penn Natural Gas most recently decreased rates by 6.2% on December 1, 2013. Even with this modest increase, UGI Penn Natural Gas customers’ bills remain nearly 40% lower compared to March 2009, due in part to the availability of significant supplies of locally produced Marcellus Shale gas.
“We are pleased that we have been able to keep the price of natural gas relatively stable for our customers, even with January temperatures nearly 18 percent colder than normal across our service territory,” said UGI Utilities Vice President of Rates Paul Szykman. “While the price of gas remains an excellent value, we understand that customers may see higher monthly bills because of increased cold weather usage.”
UGI reminds customers it offers a budget billing program that can spread the cost of heating over an entire year. Please contact the UGI Call Center for more information at 1-800-276-2722 (for UGI Gas and UGI Penn Natural Gas customers) or 1-800-652-0550 (UGI Central Penn Gas customers), or visit www.ugi.com/payplans.
UGI customers experiencing difficulty paying their gas bills should contact UGI to determine if they are eligible for one of several energy assistance programs:
• Customer Assistance Program (CAP): Allows customers to pay monthly payments based on a percentage of household income.
• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Federally funded program that provides customers with grants to assist in covering the cost of home heating and cooling.
• Operation Share Energy Fund: Provides energy assistance grants to qualified customers who experience difficulty paying their heating bills (www.ugioperationshare.org).
• The Weatherization Program (also known as the Low Income Usage Reduction Program): Can be used to proactively lower heating costs by providing free energy-saving measures such as insulation, caulking, weather-stripping, gas furnace repairs and water flow restrictors.
Customers can also discuss a payment arrangement for any past due balances. To check eligibility for these programs, customers may visit www.ugi.com/customerassistance.
UGI Utilities, Inc. natural gas companies consist of UGI Central Penn Gas, UGI Penn Natural Gas and UGI Utilities – Gas Division, serving more than 597,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one Maryland county. Additional information about UGI Utilities is available at www.ugi.com.
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