National Fuel customers will see rate decrease with adjustment

From staff reports

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. has submitted to the state Public Utility Commission its quarterly adjustment to gas supply charges, and the adjustment, which takes effect today, decreases the monthly bill of a typical residential customer by $11.17 from $108.36 to $97.19.

The rate adjustment is primarily due to lower market prices for natural gas, which have decreased the cost of natural gas supplies National Fuel purchases for customers, according to a press release from National Fuel.

Gas supply costs are passed along to customers dollar for dollar, with no mark-up or profit to National Fuel, the press release said.

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.

National Fuel’s price-to-compare gas commodity charge also will decrease to $0.75471 per 100 cubic feet.

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.

National Fuel customers who are having trouble paying their bills are encouraged to call (800) 365-3234.

Several programs are available, including LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund.