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Peoples Gas North Shore Gas

For Release: 12/31/2009

Rise in Natural Gas Prices Expected in New Year

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Remind Customers about Programs to Manage Bills and Reduce Energy Usage

Chicago, IL – Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas announced today that as a result of the rising costs of natural gas, its customers will see higher gas charges for January 2010 than for December 2009. The increase results from projected increases in market prices for gas supplies.

For most of the summer and early fall, natural gas prices continued to drop. But during the past few weeks, the cost of natural gas has steadily increased. The companies said while the gas charges for January 2010 will increase in comparison to the December 2009 charges, they are still significantly lower than January 2009 (see charts below):

Peoples Gas

Month Gas Charge: Price Per Therm
January 2010 $0.6183
December 2009 $0.5225
January 2009 $0.7555

North Shore Gas

Month Gas Charge: Price Per Therm
January 2010 $0.6606
December 2009 $0.5779
January 2009 $0.8487

The gas charge reflects what Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas pay for natural gas on the open market. The utilities sell gas to customers at that same price without a mark up, and do not profit from the sale of gas.

The companies said that customers who are having financial difficulties should see if they qualify for a LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) or Share the Warmth grants. "Many people, who lost their jobs or had their hours cut who didn't qualify before, may now be eligible as LIHEAP is based on your last 30 days income," said Rodrigo A. Sierra, vice president of Public Affairs.

To apply, Peoples Gas customers can visit a CEDA intake site or call CEDA at 1-800-571-2332. North Shore Gas customers can call the Community Action Partnership of Lake County (CAPLC) at 1-847-249-4330.

The Share the Warmth program provides matching funds up to $200 for those who qualify. The program is funded through donations from customers and employees of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas as well as a generous grant from the City of Chicago. Share the Warmth recipients are eligible to receive one grant per season.

In addition to financial assistance grants, the utilities urge customers to enroll in the Budget Payment Plan. The budget payment plan helps keep bill payments more consistent throughout the year. This plan offers stability that avoids the gas bill peaks of winter and can be coupled with energy conservation as two good tools to help manage energy bills.

Customers can sign up for Budget Billing at www.peoplesgasdelivery.com or www.northshoregasdelivery.com or eligible customers can simply pay the budget payment amount on their bill to automatically enroll. Customers can also find energy-and environment saving tips online.

For more information on these programs, as well as tips on energy efficiency and conservation, customers can visit www.peoplesgasdelivery.com and www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

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.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson (Media)
    Manager, Public Relations
    (312) 240-4567
    (312) 907-7333 (CELL)