National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. announced a 7.3 percent increase to gas-supply charges for its Pennsylvania customers, reflecting a spike in the market price of natural gas.
Effective today, the monthly bill of a typical residential customer using 90,000 cubic feet of gas annually will rise $5.55, from $75.84 to $81.39.
“This increase is directly related to the increase in the market price of gas and reflects the cost of gas that has been, and will be, purchased by the company for its customers,” Sandra James, spokeswoman for Natural Fuel, said in a statement Wednesday.
“The prolonged, colder-than-normal winter resulted in increased demand for natural gas to heat homes and businesses,” which, in turn, caused the market price to rise, she said.
Pennsylvania state law requires utilities to pass along gas-supply charges, accounting for about 50 percent of a residential customer’s annual bill, to customers with no mark-up or discount. That amount is different from delivery-service charges, which reflect the company’s other costs of business.
National Fuel serves approximately 209,000 customers in 14 northwestern Pennsylvania counties, including Mercer.