Reading, PA (February 6, 2007) – UGI Utilities, Inc. – Gas Division reported record natural gas sendout for the February 5, 2007 Gas Day. The total system sendout for the 24-hour period equaled 546 million cubic feet at a mean temperature of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The previous record of 521 million cubic feet was set on January 17, 2000 when the mean temperature was 10.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to David W. Trego, UGI’s President and CEO, the record gas usage is a result of the frigid temperatures and also an increase in the number of customers served by the utility.
UGI’s gas division experienced no significant operational problems as a result of the severe weather and record demand for natural gas. Trego stated that “Reliability is a hallmark of UGI and we are proud of our record of maintaining natural gas service even under challenging conditions.”
Customers can also expect that sustained cold weather will result in higher natural gas bills. UGI urges customers to use energy wisely, sign up for the Company’s free Budget Billing Plan and apply for energy assistance if on a limited income. Any customer who falls behind on their gas bills should contact the utility promptly. UGI will set up personalized payment arrangements for customers who are making a sincere effort to pay their bills.
UGI Utilities’ headquarters is located in Reading, PA. The gas division serves 315,000 customers in 15 southeastern Pennsylvania counties. Additional information about UGI is available at www.ugi.com