Nicor Gas Decreases Gas Cost More Than 25 Percent for Month of September
September 9, 2014
NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Sept. 9, 2014 – With the heating season fast approaching, Nicor Gas is pleased to announce a $0.19 per therm decrease to the Gas Supply Charge (GSC) for the month of September, expected to result in lower gas bills for customers.
The $0.49 per therm rate was filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission effective September 1, 2014. The GSC dropped to $0.49 in September from $0.68 in August – a more than 25 percent decrease in the GSC rate per therm. The GSC reflects the cost of natural gas supplies the company purchases on behalf of customers and passes along without any markup.
“We are pleased that this is happening at this time as everyone prepares for winter,” said Beth Reese, president, Nicor Gas.
As customers prepare for higher usage of natural gas during the upcoming heating season, Nicor Gas is reminding customers of programs they can take advantage of now to help manage their energy costs.
- The Nicor Gas Budget Plan is a bill management program that minimizes the "peaks and valleys" in bills by allowing customers to pay the same amount every month for a 12-month period. Budget Plan payments may be higher during off-peak heating months – allowing customers to build up a credit balance to offset winter bills that may be higher due to increased usage.
- Another program available to customers is the energySMART Program that helps to manage costs by lowering out-of-pocket expenses for energy efficiency improvements and energy consumption, allowing customers to gain more control on how much natural gas they use and consequently save on energy costs. In addition to cash rebates up to $1,200, the program allows eligible customers to finance the cost of energy-efficient equipment and improvements for their homes and conveniently apply those costs to their monthly Nicor Gas bills.
For more information about the Nicor Gas Budget Plan and the energySMART Program, visit the Nicor Gas website at www.nicorgas.com.
About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), is a natural gas distribution company that serves more than 2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.nicorgas.com.
About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves approximately 630,000 retail energy customers and approximately 1.2 million customer service contracts through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. AGL Resources is a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.