National Fuel consumers in Mercer and Lawrence counties will see an increase in supply charges on their gas bill starting this month.
The Pennsylvania division of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. has announced its annual adjustment to gas-supply charges to become effective today.
This increase raises the monthly bill of a typical residential customer from $73.45 to $76.87 or by 4.7 percent.
“The primary reason for this change is an increase in the charges the company must pay to bring the gas supply to our service area, combined with a slightly higher predicted cost for the commodity for the ... 12 months from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2013,” said Sandra James, director of Corporate Communications. “Even with this increase, gas- supply charges will be 16.9 percent lower than at this time last year.”
The company originally had projected a 10.2 percent increase in rates for the year. The decrease in overall rates that customers have experienced over the past two years is a direct result of the increase in natural-gas supplies associated with the Marcellus and other shale- gas formations.
National Fuel serves approximately 213,000 customers in 14 counties in northwestern Pennsylvania.