WILKES-BARRE, PA, May 19, 2014 – UGI Penn Natural Gas, Inc. (UGIPNG) announced that its purchased gas cost rates will increase on June 1, 2014 due to record-breaking winter temperatures and demand during the 2013/2014 winter heating season. As a result, the average residential heating customer’s bill will increase by approximately 5.7%.
UGI PNG will also submit its December 1 natural gas cost rate projection in an annual filing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). At this time, UGI projects no change from the rates implemented on June 1, 2014.
“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.”
UGIPNG 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 UGIPNG’s proposed rates are approved, the bill for a typical residential retail heating customer who uses about 89 hundred cubic feet (ccf) of natural gas per month will increase from $94.08 per month to $99.42 on June 1 with no additional change on December 1. The bill for a typical commercial retail customer using 26.2 thousand cubic feet (Mcf) per month will increase from $225.34 per month to $240.69 on June 1 with no additional change on December 1. The bill for a typical industrial retail customer using 405 Mcf per month will increase from $3,030.34 per month to $3,253.26 on June 1 with no additional change on December 1.
Customers may call UGIPNG at 1-800-276-2722 to receive further information on the proposed rates or to find out what actions they may take. 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 UGIPNG 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 Penn Natural Gas, Inc., headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Utilities, Inc. UGI Penn Natural Gas serves more than 178,000 customers in 13 counties throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.ugi.com.
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