Warm Winter Gives Break to Natural Gas Customers

JANUARY 26, 2006 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - All the elements were in place at the beginning of winter for sharp increases in natural gas prices.  But the warm winter in Arkansas and in northern states has resulted in less demand for natural gas.  That has kept anticipated price shocks from occuring.

Home heating bills were forecast to rise between 15 and 30 percent for natural gas users in Arkansas.  But gas companies say they expect in the months ahead that bills will actually decline from last year.

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