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UGI raises rates for natural gas customers

UGI Utilities raised its natural gas rates effective Dec. 1, increasing the average residential heating customer’s rates 9.6 percent, from $89.69 per month to $98.31 monthly.

Utilities are required by law to pass along to customers, without any markup, the cost of the natural gas they purchase.

“Energy prices in general have seen upward price pressure throughout 2021 and natural gas is no exception,” Chris Brown, UGI vice president and general manager of rates and supply, said in a prepared statement. “Despite this increase, natural gas remains an economical energy choice backed by local, reliable shale gas supplies. UGI continues to work closely with our suppliers to ensure our customers continue to receive strong value in choosing natural gas.”

UGI Utilities serves more than 670,000 natural gas customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties.

That includes customers in central and northern Clinton County and southern Lycoming County.

Prices in Pennsylvania have remained lower than in other parts of the country because of local Marcellus Shale production, Brown said.

The company urges customers to make efficiency improvements in their homes and use energy wisely.

Customers on a limited or fixed income are encouraged to call the company at 800-276-2722 to determine if they are eligible for a company-sponsored energy assistance program or federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program grants.

In addition, the company offers budget billing.

Headquartered in Denver, PA, UGI Utilities, Inc. consists of two divisions — Gas Division and Electric Division.

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