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Peoples Gas

For Release: 12/05/2014

Colder-than-Average November Contributes to Winter Heating Costs

Financial Assistance and Payment Options Available

Chicago, IL The start of the winter heating season saw an increase in the amount of natural gas used by the average Chicagoan. With temperatures 38% colder than normal, and 14% colder than November 2013, consumers used more natural gas to stay warm and comfortable. This increase in use could lead to higher winter gas bills for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas customers.

The gas charge for December is $0.58 per therm for Peoples Gas customers and $0.59 per therm for North Shore Gas customers. The gas charge includes the actual purchase cost, transportation and storage of natural gas. These can vary month to month and are passed to customers with no markup.

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are encouraging customers to contact its customer service center to sign up for a budget bill option and spread the costs of this winter over the next 12 months. Other payment plan options are available to suit individual customer circumstances and needs. Customers who would like assistance should contact Peoples Gas at 866-556-6001 or North Shore Gas at 866-556-6004.

Customers may also prepare for winter by applying early for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Share the Warmth grants to help with heating costs. Both LIHEAP and Share the Warmth provide financial assistance to limited and fixed-income households. LIHEAP provides grants of varying amounts based on household need to help customers pay outstanding bills and reconnect service. Share the Warmth provides grants of up to $200. Both programs are administered by CEDA (Community and Economic Development Association). Peoples Gas customers can call the CEDA hotline at 800-571-CEDA (2332) or visit our website to find the location of the closest application site. “Millions of dollars are available in heating assistance funds to assist our qualifying customers," said Larry Szumski, vice president of Customer Relations. "We encourage customers to see if they qualify for a grant through their local community action agency.”

For Peoples Gas customers, a community resource fair for help with heating bills will be held on Saturday, January 10, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren Street. Peoples Gas customer service representatives will assist customers with payment options and CEDA representatives will take applications from residents who qualify for LIHEAP funding and the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth matching grant program.

About Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas

Peoples Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 831,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city of Chicago. For more information about Peoples Gas, visit the company's website: www.peoplesgasdelivery.com

North Shore Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 159,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers located in 54 communities within the northern suburbs of Chicago. For more information about North Shore Gas visit the company's website: www.northshoregasdelivery.com

For More Information, Contact:

  • Jennifer Block
    Director - Media Relations
    312-465-0911