PSC: Winter Heating Bills to be About the Same

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Public Service Commission says customers who use natural gas will find their heating bills this winter to be about the same as last year.

The regulatory agency has backed off from earlier predictions that consumers should expect sharp increases. Natural gas prices have moved lower, thus heating bills are not expected to be as high as forecast earlier.

The PSC says customers of CenterPoint Energy can expect to slightly pay more this winter than a year ago. But customers of Arkansas Western Gas Co. and Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp. can expect their bills to be a few dollars lower.

The commission advises that changes in demand and prices during the winter can affect bills. The panel says it plans to issue monthly assessments on how the market affects gas consumers.

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