As its purchased gas cost rates will increase on December 1, 2022, UGI Utilities, Inc. announced the average residential heating customer’s bill in Pennsylvania will increase by 3.1%. The result is an increase in the average monthly heating bill from $199.54 to $123.28.
Based in Denver, Pennsylvania, UGI Utilities serves more than 670,000 natural gas customers in 45 counties throughout the state.
UGI Vice President and General Manager of Rates and Supply Chris Brown said in a statement that the Company recognizes customer concerns regarding rising energy prices, particularly during the heating season.
“Unfortunately, commodity costs for nearly all fuels have continued to increase, including the wholesale cost of natural gas,” said Brown. “Despite this increase, natural gas remains a very economical energy choice backed by local, reliable shale gas supplies.”
Utilities are required by law to pass the cost of the natural gas they buy directly to customers without markup. Brown noted that natural gas prices in Pennsylvania remain lower than in other areas of the United States due to local Marcellus Shale production.
Brown encouraged customers on a fixed or limited income to contact UGI to find if they qualify for payment assistance programs. UGI offers budget billing along with multiple free payment options to customers enrolled in its online bill payment program. UGI also offers an auto-deduction program to assist customers in the payment of their bill.