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PA PUC: Cost Of Natural Gas Provided By Major Utilities In PA Increased As Much As 154% Over Last Year
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The cost of natural gas provided to customers by the seven largest natural gas utilities in Pennsylvania increased from 31 percent to 154.6 percent over the last year, according to information from the Public Utility Commission.

Peoples Gas Company residential rates increased the most-- 154.6 percent-- and Columbia Gas customers saw the lowest increase-- 31.2 percent.

The major natural gas utilities saw these increases--

-- Peoples Gas Co. (residential) 154.6% increase

-- Philadelphia Gas Works  152.2% increase

-- Peoples Natural Gas Co. 142.3% increase

-- National Fuel Gas  134.7% increase

-- PECO Gas  86.3% increase

-- UGI Gas Division  41.5% increase

-- Columbia Gas  31.2% increase

Natural gas customers are seeing the biggest increase in energy charges because of the natural gas cost spikes on foreign energy markets caused by the Russian war in Ukraine and by increasing exports of U.S. natural gas in the form of LNG to Europe and Asia.  [Read more here.]

Over half of Pennsylvania households use natural gas as their primary home heating fuel.  [Read more here.]

On August 10, the Public Utility Commission also warned customers of major electric utilities their rates will increase by as much as 19 percent this quarter starting on September 1.  These increases are also driven by the cost of natural gas-fired generation and hot weather demand.  [Read more here.]

Both natural gas and electric utilities adjust the rates they charge their customers for energy every quarter, either up or down, depending on the price of natural gas or electricity they buy.

Shop For Competitive Rates

Customers of both natural gas and electric utilities can shop for independent providers of natural gas and electricity and are not locked in to the price charged by utilities.

Only 14 percent of residential customers got their natural gas from competitive suppliers in 2020.  [Read more here.]

Natural gas customers can go to the PUC’s  PA Gas Switch website and electric customers to PA Power Switch websites to learn more about their options.

Next Quarterly Rate Changes

The next quarterly rate increases/decreases by natural gas companies will be starting September 1, October 1 and November 1, depending what schedule the utilities are on.

Here are the details of how utility natural gas charges increased in the past year, along with their next expected quarterly rate change date--

National Fuel Gas  134.7% increase

   May 1, 2021 Annual Review  $3.8520

   August 1, 2022                        $9.0436

   Nov. 1, 2022 (next increase/decrease)

Philadelphia Gas Works  152.2% increase

   June 1, 2021 Annual Review $3.5700

   June 1, 2022                           $9.0057

   Sept. 1, 2022 (next increase/decrease)

Columbia Gas  31.2% increase

   July 1, 2021 Annual Review $3.8512

   July 1, 2022                           $5.0583

   Oct. 1, 2022 (next increase/decrease)

Peoples Gas Co. (residential) 154.6% increase

   July 1, 2021 Annual Review  $4.0174

   July 1, 2022                          $10.2312

   Oct. 1, 2022 (next increase/decrease)

Peoples Natural Gas Co.   142.3% increase

   July 1, 2021 Annual Review $3.9015

   July 1, 2022                           $9.4567

   Oct. 1, 2022 (next increase/decrease)

UGI Gas Division  41.5% increase

   Sept. 1, 2021 Annual Review $5.1283

   June 1, 2022                            $7.2615

   Sept. 1, 2022 (next increase/decrease)

PECO Gas  86.3% increase

   Sept. 1, 2021 Annual Review $4.0245

   June 1, 2022                            $7.5016

   Sept. 1, 2022 (next increase/decrease)

Click Here for a table showing 2021 - 2022 quarterly price changes and next scheduled changes. 

Click Here for a table showing 2022 - 2023 quarterly prices changes and next scheduled changes.

NewsClips:

-- PA PUC Investigates 32%+ Rate Increase By Leatherstocking Natural Gas Company

-- PA PUC Holds Hearing On Valley Energy 11.8% Natural Gas Increase

-- Inquirer - Andrew Maykuth: Philadelphia Natural Gas Works Proposes To Cap Its Weather Normalization Charge To Prevent Future Billing Mayhem

-- WV Metro News: WV Public Service Commission Warns Utility Customers Of 173% Increase In Natural Gas Rates Coming This Fall

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-- Wilkes-Barre Times Guest Essay: Key To Lower Energy Prices Is Renewable Energy & Storage - Sharon Pillar, PA Solar Center

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[Posted: August 17, 2022]


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