Natural Gas Continues to Deliver Significant Energy Value
Reading, PA (May 17, 2013) – UGI Utilities, Inc. – Gas Division (UGI) announced that purchased gas cost rates will increase on June 1, 2013 for residential, commercial and industrial customers. The increase is due to such factors as the expanding U.S. demand for natural gas caused by the return to normal winter temperatures in 2012-2013, and firming prices due to the improving U.S. economy. UGI will notify the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) of this rate change through a purchased gas cost filing.
UGI is also filing its annual request with the PUC to establish purchased gas cost rates as of December 1, 2013. If UGI’s request is approved, the average residential heating customer’s bill will increase by approximately 7.2% on June 1 and by approximately 5.9% on December 1.
Even with full implementation of UGI’s proposed June and December purchased gas cost adjustments, the average monthly bill for UGI residential customers will remain more than 35% lower than it was five years ago. The availability of increasing volumes of reasonably priced, locally produced supply from the Marcellus Shale range has allowed costs to remain well below their 2008 levels.
“UGI customers have enjoyed the benefits associated with lower cost natural gas supplies over the last five years,” said Vicki O. Ebner, Senior Vice President, UGI Utilities, Inc. “Even with this increase, natural gas remains one of the most competitively priced energy options available to consumers.”
With full implementation of UGI’s June and proposed December purchased gas cost adjustments, the bill for a typical residential retail heating customer who uses about 85 hundred cubic feet (ccf) of natural gas per month will increase from $86.13 per month to $92.37 on June 1 and to 97.85 on Dec. 1. The bill for a typical commercial retail customer using 39.3 thousand cubic feet (Mcf) per month will increase from $392.17 per month to 420.57 on June 1 and to $445.37 per month on Dec. 1. The bill for a typical industrial retail customer using 100.6 thousand cubic feet (Mcf) per month will increase from $978.27 per month to $1,050.90 on June 1 and to $1,114.31 per month on Dec. 1.
Customers may call UGI at 1-800-276-2722 to receive further information on the proposed rates. Any customer who is experiencing difficulty paying their gas bills should contact UGI to determine if they are eligible for one of several energy assistance programs. They can also discuss a payment arrangement for any past due balances.
UGI’s Gas Division is headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania and serves approximately 348,000 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.