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Natural gas price decreases for Columbia Gas customers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 27, 2013) — Effective Nov. 26, Columbia Gas of Kentucky’s gas supply cost dropped 2.4 percent. Columbia Gas has received approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission for its most recent gas cost adjustment (GCA).

The new gas supply cost will remain in effect until the next scheduled GCA in March.

Columbia Gas typically adjusts its prices quarterly to reflect current market conditions. Natural gas distribution companies do not earn a profit on their gas commodity costs and Columbia Gas of Kentucky passes the cost along to customers without markup.

A customer’s monthly bill is comprised of two primary components: the gas supply cost and delivery costs. The delivery charges cover the cost of delivering the gas to the customer’s home or business through the company’s pipeline infrastructure, as well as line inspection, repair, 24-hour emergency service, etc. The gas supply cost includes the commodity cost, interstate pipeline charges and storage costs. The gas supply cost charges typically account for about half of a customer’s monthly bill.

Despite moderate commodity costs this winter, Columbia still encourages customers to enroll in the budget payment plan. It spreads winter heating costs throughout the year and allows customers to pay the same amount every month. The budget payment plan begins in May of each year, but customers can enroll at any time by calling 1-800-432-9345 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Columbia Gas of Kentucky also offers a series of residential energy efficiency programs, called WarmWise, to help customers save energy. WarmWise includes furnace replacements for eligible low-income customers, free home energy checkups and rebates on a variety of high-efficiency natural gas heating, water heating and hearth products.

Columbia Gas is partnering with the Community Action Council and its weatherization program for its WarmWise furnace replacement program. To determine if they are eligible for a free furnace replacement and to register for the weatherization program, customers can call Community Action Council at 1-800-244-2275.

To request a free WarmWise home energy checkup, customers can call 1-800-300-8709 or complete the online request form at columbiagasky.com/checkup. Efficiency requirements and other details about the appliance rebate program are also available at the company’s website.

Columbia Gas of Kentucky delivers clean and efficient natural gas to more than 130,000 customers in 30 Kentucky counties. Headquartered in Lexington, the company is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc.