Reading, PA (February 27, 2009) – UGI Utilities, Inc. – Gas Division (UGI) announced today that its purchased gas cost rates will decrease on March 1, 2009 due to lower wholesale natural gas costs. As a result, the average residential heating customer’s bill will decrease approximately 6.6 percent, from $127.59 to $119.23 per month.
The rate decrease is a direct result of UGI’s lower actual and projected prices for wholesale natural gas. According to Peter Terranova, vice president marketing, supply & rates, “Wholesale natural gas prices have continued to decline since peaking last summer. We are pleased to be able to pass on lower wholesale prices to our customers for the second time in three months. During these difficult economic times, natural gas remains a cost-effective fuel for homes and businesses.”
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. Purchased gas cost rates may be adjusted quarterly. UGI customer bills most recently decreased 16% on December 1, 2008.
While natural gas remains an excellent value, Terranova stated that “conserving energy is both environmentally responsible and reduces household bills.” UGI encourages customers to continue to take steps to use energy wisely and improve the efficiency of their homes.
In addition, UGI offers a free Budget Billing Plan that is designed to spread payments out evenly each month. Customers with a limited or fixed income are encouraged to call UGI at 1-800-UGI-WARM (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, Pennsylvania and serves approximately 320,000 customers in 15 southeastern Pennsylvania counties, including customers in and around Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Hazleton, Harrisburg, Lancaster and Reading. Additional information about UGI’s Gas Division is available at www.ugi.com.