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For Release: 03/13/2009

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Provide $12 Million in Credits to Customers through Innovative New Policy that Encourages Energy Efficiency

Chicago, IL – Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, the two utility companies that serve approximately one million customers in the City of Chicago and 54 communities on the North Shore, said today that their customers will have received $12 million in credits on their bills since May 2008 as a result of the Volume Balancing Adjustment (VBA Rider).

The VBA Rider, a form of "decoupling," is a regulatory policy adopted in 13 states and used by 28 utilities that removes financial disincentives to utilities that want to invest in and encourage energy efficiency and conservation programs. Under decoupling, customers typically receive a credit on their bills when the weather is colder than normal and they use more gas than expected and a charge when the weather is warmer than normal and they use less gas than expected.

As a result of the policy, adopted by the Illinois Commerce Commission last year, customers will have received credits totaling $10.3 million for Peoples Gas customers and $1.7 million for North Shore Gas customers for the period May 2008 through April 2009. The ICC approved VBA for a four-year pilot, and has put in place oversight mechanisms to ensure the utilities appropriately use this new tool. It monitors monthly filings that set the charge or credit, the utilities must conduct and provide the ICC an annual audit of the program, and the ICC will prepare an annual report about how the VBA performed.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the stimulus bill signed by President Obama, includes critical provisions that will enable Americans to conserve money by using energy more efficiently. For example, the ARRA provides funding to states that commit to decoupling rates and modernizing building codes.

"The VBA is vital to ensure our utility companies can promote energy efficiency and conservation without financial harm to the company," says Rodrigo A. Sierra, vice president of Public Affairs.

About Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves 840,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the City of Chicago. The company is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on Peoples Gas, visit www.peoplesgasdelivery.com.

About North Shore Gas

North Shore Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves 158,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 54 communities in Northeastern Illinois. The company is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on North Shore Gas, visit www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

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