National Fuel Customers Will See Increase in Monthly Bill

| February 1, 2019

ERIE, Pa. – National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation (National Fuel) has submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission its quarterly adjustment to gas supply charges.

This adjustment increases the monthly bill of a typical residential customer with annual usage of 99,400 cubic feet of gas by $1.46, from $72.63 to $74.09. This 2.01 percent increase is to become effective Feb. 1, 2019.

Benefitting northwestern Pennsylvania homes and businesses, market prices of natural gas remain near historic lows when compared to the previous 10 years due to the large supply of shale gas. Nearly all of the gas consumed by National Fuel utility customers comes from Pennsylvania-produced shale gas.

National Fuel’s price-to-compare gas commodity charge also will increase to $0.45035 per ccf. This reference point, detailed on the National Fuel bill under Gas Supply Charges, is important for customers who are shopping for an alternate gas supplier.

Gas supply charges are passed along to customers dollar for dollar, with no mark-up or profit to National Fuel. Pennsylvania utility companies are permitted to update gas supply charges on a quarterly basis to reflect changes in the market price of natural gas. The next opportunity to adjust gas supply charges will be May 1, 2019.

As the result of cost-containment efforts and efficient management, National Fuel hasn’t sought to increase the delivery service charges paid by its residential customers in more than 10 years, even while consistent investments in pipeline safety and system modernization have continued.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, is open. Eligibility for this federally funded program is based on income guidelines and household size. For example, a family of four with a gross annual income of $37,650 will qualify for a grant. Monies are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, visit www.LIHEAPhelps.com or contact 1-877-443-2743.

National Fuel Customers who are having trouble paying their bills are encouraged to call Customer Service at 1-800-365-3234 to discuss available payment programs and services.


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