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Peoples Gas North Shore Gas

For Release: 03/09/2007

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas File Request to Increase Charge for Delivering Natural Gas; Companies Have Held the Line on Delivery Charge Increases since 1995

Chicago – Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, subsidiaries of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), today filed a request for an increase in the amount they charge to deliver natural gas to customers. If approved, it would be the first such increase in 12 years and would go into effect in 2008. The proposed increase would apply only to the delivery charge, which is about 20% of a customer's bill.

The proposed increase would be less than $10 a month for typical residential Peoples Gas customers who use gas to heat their homes and less than $5 a month for typical residential North Shore Gas customers who use gas to heat their homes. Peoples Gas serves about 840,000 customers in the City of Chicago. North Shore Gas serves about 158,000 customers along the North Shore, mostly in Lake County, Illinois. "Although the cost of almost everything has gone up, we've worked hard for 12 years to keep our delivery charge the same," said Desiree Rogers, President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. "But, cost cutting measures alone are not enough to allow us to run the business in the manner our customers expect."

The companies acknowledge that customers' bills have gone up since 1995, but point out that those increases are due to the dramatic rise in the cost of natural gas itself which makes up about 70% of a customer's bill. The remaining approximately 10% is for state and local taxes. The companies buy natural gas from suppliers on behalf of its customers. Those customers pay the utilities, who pass that payment on to the natural gas suppliers.

About 50,000 of the companies' customers buy natural gas from suppliers other than Peoples and North Shore. This opportunity allows customers the freedom to choose another supplier with Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas delivering the gas. Details about this program are available at www.keepingUwarm.com.

The companies said they continued investing in the natural gas delivery system for the past 12 years without a delivery charge increase, keeping safety and reliability as their top priorities.

"For the future, we intend to continue to improve our natural gas delivery system," said Rogers. "We will continue to invest in our 6,000 miles of natural gas pipeline. We are proposing to accelerate the upgrade of our system using state-of-the-art technology and materials."

The companies said they will put the delivery charge dollars to work by seeking ways to upgrade technology to minimize costs and provide excellent service by:

  • Replacing cast iron mains with newer materials that will ultimately make its maintenance and repair work less disruptive;
  • Automating and tracking operations to meet all safety requirements set by federal and state regulators;
  • Completing its automated meter reading program to eliminate estimated bills; and
  • Continuing to make it easier and more convenient for customers to set up accounts and pay bills both online and over the phone.

The companies' rate proposals include innovative initiatives to help stabilize the delivery charge portion of customers' bills by moving more of the charge to a fixed customer charge and less based on customer gas usage. They also contain a proposal for a $7.5 million annual Energy Efficiency program to help customers limit natural gas usage and encourage efficient usage.

The companies last requested an increase in their delivery charges in 1994 and implemented the increases in 1995. A typical rate case schedule at the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) lasts 11 months. If the requested increases are approved, the delivery charge increases would not take effect until early 2008. Public input into the proposal will be provided through the ICC rate cast process.

About Integrys Energy Group, Inc.
Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a holding company for energy related subsidiaries which includes regulated utilities and nonregulated subsidiaries.

The six regulated utilities consist of:

  • The Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company is a natural gas utility serving more than 840,000 customers in the City of Chicago.
  • Wisconsin Public Service Corporation is a regulated electric and natural gas utility serving more than 429,000 electric customers and 312,000 natural gas customers in northeastern Wisconsin and an adjacent portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
  • Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation is a natural gas utility serving approximately 207,000 customers throughout Minnesota.
  • Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation is a natural gas utility serving approximately 166,000 customers in lower Michigan.
  • North Shore Gas Company is a natural gas utility serving 158,000 customers in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
  • Upper Peninsula Power Company is an electric utility that serves approximately 52,000 customers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The nonregulated subsidiaries include:

  • Integrys Energy Services, Inc., is a diversified nonregulated energy supply and services company serving commercial, industrial and wholesale customers and aggregated groups of residential customers. Its principal market is the northeast quadrant of the United States and adjacent portions of Canada. Its principal operations are in Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin in the United States and Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec in Canada. Integrys Energy Services also owns and/or operates nonregulated electric generation facilities.
  • Peoples Energy Production Company is primarily engaged in the acquisition and development of proven onshore natural gas reserves with upside potential in a limited number of strategic supply basins. Value is then added through drilling programs, production enhancements and reservoir optimization.

More information about Integrys Energy Group, Inc. is available online at www.integrysgroup.com.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Rod Sierra
    Vice President, Public Affairs
    (312) 240-4567