Reading, PA (November 30, 2007) – UGI Utilities, Inc. – Gas Division (“UGI”) announced today a decrease in its purchased gas cost rates effective December 1, 2007. As a result, the average residential heating customer’s bill will decrease by approximately 1.7 percent from $133.41 to $131.15 per month.
A number of factors, including mild fall temperatures and an uneventful hurricane season, contributed to lower prices for natural gas. Vicki Ebner, vice president of marketing and gas supply, stated, “The fact that our customers have experienced stable natural gas rates for the past six months and will pay slightly less over the next three winter months is very good news in today’s energy environment.”
By law, utilities cannot earn a profit on the natural gas commodity portion of a customer’s bill. They are required to pass the cost of the natural gas they purchase directly through to customers without any markup. UGI’s next opportunity to adjust its purchased gas cost rates will occur on March 1, 2008.
UGI continues to encourage customers to use energy wisely. The company offers a free Budget Billing Plan that is designed to spread payments evenly over a twelve-month period. Customers with a limited or fixed income should call UGI at 1-800-UGI-WARM (1-800-844-9276) 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 UGI as soon as possible to discuss a payment arrangement.
UGI’s Gas Division is headquartered in Reading, PA and serves 315,000 customers in 15 Southeastern Pennsylvania counties. Additional information about UGI’s Gas Division is available online at www.ugi.com.