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For Immediate Release


Delmarva Power Natural Gas Supply Rate Decreases

NEWARK, Del.  - Delmarva Power has adjusted natural gas rates that will result in an overall monthly bill decrease for Delmarva Power natural gas customers this winter. This represents the fifth straight year of gas cost reductions for Delmarva Power customers.

Delmarva Power filed its annual applications for the Gas Cost Rate (GCR), which will take effect with usage on or after Nov. 1 with proration.

The decrease associated with this change will result in an overall monthly bill decrease of $16.92 or about 12.9 percent for residential customers who use 120 CCF of natural gas per month during the heating season. This will reduce the average residential bill from $130.96 to $114.04.  The savings will vary based on customer usage. The proposed rate decrease is a result of lower market costs for the gas. The gas cost rate is a dollar-for-dollar pass-through to customers for the gas Delmarva Power buys for its customers. The utility is permitted to recover its costs for buying the gas but not to earn a profit on the sale. The request was included in the company's annual gas cost rate filing and subject to the Delaware PSC's review and approval.

The natural gas market is subject to sudden and sharp price spikes and dips. The company files each year at this time to reflect the changing cost of the commodity. Delmarva Power's purchasing, which is overseen by the PSC and includes the cost of natural gas as well as its transportation to the region, seeks to minimize the impact that severe price swings can have on customers.

Delmarva Power encourages customers to visit for information on saving energy and money in their home or business. The company also offers customers Budget Billing, a fixed payment plan based on the customer's 12-month average bill. Customers can enroll online or by calling 1-800-375-7117. 

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