UGI Utilities, Inc. will consolidate and update its purchased gas cost rates for all Pennsylvania residential heating customers on December 1, 2019. This consolidation was part of the base rate case settlement approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission earlier this year. With this action, all UGI residential heating customers will be billed under the same rate structure and no longer billed under separate rate districts.
In addition, UGI has re-calculated the average annual usage to be consistent across its service area. Average usage is now based on all residential heating customers across the Commonwealth.
As a result of these changes, average residential heating customers of the former UGI -South District using 89.2 Ccf annually will see their monthly bill decrease from $84.33 to $78.98 or by 6.3 percent.
Average residential heating customers of the former UGI – Central District using 89.2 Ccf annually will see their monthly bill increase from $75.72 to $78.98 or by 4.3 percent.
Average residential heating customers of the former UGI – North District using 89.2 Ccf annually will see their monthly bill increase from $78.03 to $78.98 or by 1.2 percent.
“Natural gas continues to be an economical, reliable and responsible source of energy for our customers and our communities,” Chris Brown, Vice President and General Manager of Rates and Supply said. “Going forward, the ability for UGI to serve all of our customers under a single rate structure will offer a consistent and efficient means of ensuring the best value for all those who trust UGI as their energy supplier of choice.”
By law, utilities are required to pass the cost of the natural gas they purchase directly through to customers without any markup.
UGI recognizes some customers may have difficulty paying their utility bill. All customers are encouraged to sign up for UGI’s free budget billing program, which spreads billing amounts out evenly over a 12-month period.
In addition, customers with a limited or fixed income should call UGI at 1-800-UGI-WARM to determine if they are eligible for one of several energy assistance programs. In addition to company-sponsored programs, UGI can assist eligible customers in applying for federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grants. Finally, any customer who is behind on their gas bills should contact the utility as soon as possible to discuss a payment arrangement.
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