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For Release: 04/09/2010

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Prices Decrease for April

The Utilities Remind Customers About Programs to Manage Bills and Reduce Energy Usage

Chicago, IL - Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas announced today that their customers will see lower gas charges for April 2010 than for March 2010. The lower prices result from projected decreases in market prices for natural gas supplies.

Natural Gas is measured in therms. A therm is a unit of measure of gas like a mile measures distance. On your gas bill, the gas charge is shown in cents per therm. The cost of 51.65 cents per therm for Peoples Gas during the month of April represents a 22 percent decrease when compared to March's price of 66.03 cents per therm.

North Shore Gas customers will experience a similar decline. April's cost of 52.54 cents per therm represents a 23 percent decrease from March's gas price of 68.00 cents per therm. This per-unit charge can change each month and is filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).

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 while gas prices began to increase in the beginning of 2010, the lower April gas charge is similar to gas charge levels from late last year. The utilities are urging customers who are having financial difficulties to see if they qualify for a LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program).

"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 Adrienne M. Jones, director, Government and Community Relations.

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.

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.

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