READING, PA, May 19, 2014 – UGI Central Penn Gas (UGI CPG) announced that its purchased gas cost rates will remain the same on June 1, despite record-breaking winter temperatures and demand during the 2013/2014 winter heating season.
UGI CPG will also submit its December 1 natural gas cost rate projection in an annual filing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). If UGI CPG’s requests are approved, the average residential heating customer’s bill will not change on June 1 and will decrease by approximately 2.3% on December 1.
“Despite unprecedented demand for natural gas during the 2013/2014 winter heating season, UGI is pleased to announce that we have been able to keep natural gas costs stable for our customers,” said Paul Szykman, Vice President, Rates, UGI Utilities. “As proposed, UGI customers will see minimal increases in two of our three gas divisions and a decrease in cost for our Central Penn Gas customers as we enter the 2014 winter heating season in December.”
UGI is required to file its gas cost rates annually for review with the PUC and may adjust these rates quarterly to reflect changes in wholesale natural gas prices. By law, utilities like UGI can not earn a profit on the natural gas commodity portion of a customer’s bill. Utilities are required to pass the cost of the natural gas they purchase directly through to customers without any markup.
If UGI CPG’s proposed December rates are approved, the bill for a typical residential retail heating customer who uses about 68.4 hundred cubic feet (ccf) of natural gas per month will decrease from $91.64 per month to $89.52 per month on December 1. The bill for a typical commercial retail customer using 23.7 thousand cubic feet (Mcf) per month will decrease from $224.91 per month to $217.41 per month on December 1. The bill for a typical industrial retail customer using 154.6 Mcf per month will decrease from $1,298.59 per month to $1,249.71 per month on December 1.
Customers may call UGI CPG at 1-800-652-0550 to receive further information on the proposed rates. Any customer who is struggling to pay their gas bills should contact UGI CPG to determine if they are eligible for one of several energy assistance programs or discuss a payment arrangement for any past due balances. UGI encourages customers to use energy wisely and make efficiency improvements in their homes. All customers are encouraged to sign up for UGI’s free budget billing program, which spreads bills out over a 12-month period. Customers with a limited or fixed income should call UGI CPG to determine if they are eligible for one of several energy assistance programs. Finally, any customer who is behind on their gas bills should contact the utility as soon as possible to discuss a payment arrangement.
UGI Central Penn Gas, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Utilities, Inc. UGI Central Penn Gas serves approximately 85,000 customers in 35 counties in eastern and central Pennsylvania, including customers in and around Bedford, Clearfield, Coudersport, Hamburg, Huntington, Lewistown, Lock Haven, Fryburg, Lehighton, Oxford, Pittston, Pottsville, Port Allegany, Shamokin, Shippensburg, Stroudsburg, Troy, Waynesboro and Wellsboro. Additional information about UGI Central Penn Gas is available at www.ugi.com.
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