MPSC: Michigan Natural Gas Customers Benefit from Lower Natural Gas Prices, Warmer than Normal Temperatures This Past Heating Season

Contact:  Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency:  Michigan Public Service Commission

April 05, 2013 - The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today said that lower natural gas prices and warmer temperatures this winter lowered heating bills statewide.

"Thanks to both lower natural gas prices and warmer-than-normal temperatures, Michigan's natural gas customers saw lower heating bills this heating season," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "

During the 2012-2013 heating season - considered to be November 2012 through March 2013 - temperatures were 4 percent warmer than normal. In addition, natural gas storage levels in January 2013 (the most recent numbers available), according to the Energy Information Administration, were 11 percent higher than the five-year average. Michigan benefits - year in and year out - from its capability to store natural gas underground - something most states do not have. Utilities buy natural gas in the summer, when prices are typically lower, and store it underground for use during the heating season.

Nearly 80 percent of Michigan households use natural gas for home heating.

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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