Peoples Gas Customers Could See A Spike

CHICAGO (WBBM) – Peoples Gas customers may see a spike in their bills next year after the company asked the state to approve a 10% delivery charge increase for Chicago customers and a 3% hike for those in the northeastern suburbs.

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It works out to be an extra $9 for Chicago customers and a $3 increase for those in the northeastern suburbs. The head of the Citizens Utility Board said they haven’t had a chance to thoroughly review the request but are concerned by it.

David Kolata states it comes during tough times for consumers and only a year after state regulators approved another hike for Peoples Gas.

Company Spokeswoman Bonnie Johnson said the increase is primarily to cover the cost of maintaining the 4,000 miles of natural gas pipeline in the city. She adds the Illinois Commerce Commission approved only 43% of their last request, which they made in 2009.

Regulators have 11 months to rule on the increase. Johnson said consumers can lower their bills by lowering the thermostat, adding insulation and using ceiling fans.

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  • concern

    ridiculous, am i suppose to have gas now for my meals ?????

  • Judy

    The utility companies always come up with some bull about this or that. People are on a very tight budget now a days and can barely make the payments they are getting now.

  • derrick

    peoples gas is the worst utility company…cust service is terrible and the service departments are idiots…they are busy padding their pockets and simply do not delivery ever…..they suck

  • lon

    how much is their profit? why isn’t that posted.

  • kenter

    Why does Peoples Gas cost so much more that Ni-Gas? Are there legitimate reasons or are they Chicago crooks? I deal with both companies. Peoples lie, steal and cheat while being very unfriendly to their supposed customers. While Ni-Gas is very courteous and don’t play games or punish you if they found out that you have contacted the citizens review board. I hope the city starts regulating them (in earnest) and soon.

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