The Citizens Utility Board analysis also cites low natural gas
prices and energy efficiency as contributing to potential savings
that could save each household nearly $150.
Illinois' gas utilities have reported that heating prices could
remain low into 2018 because of increased gas production. This
month, Peoples Gas, Nicor Gas and North Shore Gas are charging
prices 7-10 percent lower than last January.
Last week, state regulators granted Peoples Gas a rate increase
that could raise the delivery portion of bills by about $4 a month.
North Shore Gas also was granted a rate increase. The Citizens
Utility Board is appealing the decision.
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