National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation has submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) its required annual Purchased Gas Cost projection for gas purchases to be made August 1st, 2018, through July 31st, 2019.
The company is projecting a decrease in overall gas supply charges totaling approximately $15.16 per year in this state-required filing. If approved as filed, the monthly bill for typical residential customers, starting in August 2018, would decrease $1.26 from $75.06 to $73.08 per month, or by 1.68%. The primary reason for this forecasted decrease in gas supply charges is that costs associated with the purchase and transmission of natural gas are projected to be slightly lower than those reflected in current rates.
Customers are advised that this forecast is for prices to be experienced next winter (2018-2019) and must be thoroughly reviewed and approved by the PUC before becoming effective. Additionally, upon arrival, pricing will be adjusted quarterly to reflect actual and more current market prices.
National Fuel is required by law to shop for the most reasonably priced gas while still maintaining an adequate supply for more than 200,000 Pennsylvania customers. As market prices fluctuate, National Fuel is required to pass those changes to customers, without any mark-up or discount. This differs from delivery service charges, which reflect the company's costs of doing business (including costs associated with installing and maintaining the local pipeline delivery system), and are determined by the PUC, National Fuel hasn't sought to increase delivery service charges in nine years, even while consistent investments in pipeline safety and system modernization have continued.
Winter weather and colder temperatures can result in bills that present a hardship for some customers. Customers having trouble paying bills should call National Fuel Customer Service, 1-800-365-3234, to discuss payment assistance programs.
As always, if you Smell Gas, Leave Fast: if a rotten-egg natural gas odor is present, leave the premises immediately and call National Fuel's emergency line, 1-800-444-3130, from a different location. If you smell an odor of gas outdoors, please call National Fuel's emergency number and provide the address nearest to the site of the odor. To learn more about natural gas safety, visit www.nationalfuelgas.com/utility/gassafety.aspx.
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