National Fuel customers to pay more in May

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - National Fuel customers can expect to pay more on their gas bill beginning on May 1.

According to the company, the New York State Public Service Commission approved a delivery rate increase of $5.9 million.

The average National Fuel residential customer will expect to see about $1.10 per month increase, totaling about $13 for the year.

The company released a statement on the increase, saying in part:

"This is the first delivery rate increase sought by our Utility segment in almost a decade. While prices for goods and services have risen generally over this period, the Utility has held delivery rates steady, without increase, since 2008. Coupled with the drop in natural gas prices, this has significantly benefitted our Utility customers without compromising our high standards for safety and customer service. In 2008, the average annual residential bill for our residential customers, including gas costs, was $1,685. By way of comparison, the average annual residential bill last year, 8 years later, was only $703, declining 58 percent over that period. National Fuel has the lowest residential gas delivery rates in New York state."

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