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For Release: 11/01/2006

Natural Gas Prices Beginning to Rise; Peoples Energy Offers Customers Bill Management Tools and Financial Assistance Information

CHICAGO, IL – Peoples Energy today said that its utility customers will begin to see the effects of rising national prices for natural gas on their November bills even though the company's utility gas charges are still much less than last November.

The November gas charge for Peoples Gas customers is 72.37 cents per therm. Although this is higher than the October 2006 gas charge, it is still nearly 40% lower than the November 2005 gas charge of about $1.20 per therm. The November gas charge for North Shore Gas customers is 73.21 cents per therm which is about 35% lower than the November 2005 gas charge of $1.14 per therm. Of course, with colder weather now in the Chicago area, customers will likely be using more natural gas to heat their homes which will result in higher bills.

"Overall, it is encouraging that natural gas prices nationally are lower this year than they were last year, but we are strongly encouraging customers to take advantage of tools to manage their energy usage and their energy bills," said Rodrigo A. Sierra, Vice President of Communications and Government Relations.

The price of natural gas and related taxes make up about 80% of a customer's total bill. The utilities purchase supplies from producers and deliver the natural gas to customers without a mark up. Peoples' utilities have not raised their rates to delivery natural gas to customers for 11 years. The delivery rate makes up only about 20% of a customer's bill.

To help customers manage their energy usage and bills, Peoples Energy has launched a new customer focused Web site, www.keepinguwarm.com. The site provides customers with concise, easy-to-access information about managing their bills this winter. The company is taking a unique approach to communicating with customers by having them answer questions like: What kind of natural gas user am I? How can I save money? How can I manage my bills better? From there, the site provides resources and information specific to customers' needs.

The company reminded customers facing financial difficulty that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Peoples Energy Share the Warmth program are open beginning today. To apply for LIHEAP, Peoples Gas customers should call CEDA at 1-312-456-4100, and North Shore Gas customers call the LCCA at 1-847-249-4330.

The Peoples Energy's Share the Warmth fund, which is administered by the Salvation Army, is another effective program that provides one-time matching grants of up to $200 for eligible households. Customers up to 200% of the poverty level are eligible and are encouraged to apply by calling the Salvation Army at 1-773-725-1100.

Starting this week, the company will participate in regional heating fairs in Chicago with elected officials, CEDA, ComEd and other community groups to bring financial assistance directly into communities. Attendees will receive a free weatherization kit.

  • Nov. 4 – YMCA, 2700 S. Western
  • Nov. 8 – El Centro High School, 3105 N. Pulaski
  • Nov. 9 – South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
  • Nov. 11 – Rainbow PUSH, 930 E. 50th St.
  • Nov. 18 – Foster Park, 1440 W. 84th St.
  • Nov. 29 – Vodak East Side Library, 3710 E. 106th St.
  • Dec. 2 – Marshall High School, 3250 W. Adams
  • Dec. 6 – Sandoval Elementary School, 5534 S. St. Louis
  • Dec. 9 – Agricultural School, 3757 W. 111th St.
  • Dec. 13 – Home of Life Missionary Church, 4650 W. Madison
  • Dec. 16 – Kennedy-King College, 6800 S. Wentworth

Peoples Energy, a member of the S&P 500, is a diversified energy company comprised of three primary business segments: Gas Delivery, Oil and Gas Production and Energy Marketing. The Gas Delivery business serves about one million retail customers in Chicago and northeastern Illinois. Visit the Peoples Energy Web site at www.peoplesenergy.com.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Rod Sierra (Media)
    312-240-4567
     
  • Doug Ruschau (Investor Relations)
    312-240-3818