WILKES-BARRE — Natural gas customers should begin to see higher rates on this month’s utility bills.
UGI Penn Natural Gas increased rates by about 5.6 percent to customers starting June 1, UGI Utilities spokesman Joe Swope confirmed.
The utility, which serves roughly 178,000 customers in 13 Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania counties, had said in a news release last month the hike is due to a spike in wholesale gas price that followed ballooning demand.
The frigid winter is to blame for the unprecedented demand, the news release said.
At this time, the utility anticipates prices will stay the same in December, Swope said.
The state Public Utility Commission allows utilities to adjust their prices quarterly to reflect changes in the wholesale price of gas, and all price adjustments must be approved by the commission.