Northern Indiana natural gas customers could pay 10 percent to 20 percent more on their home heating bills this winter.
The Northern Indiana Public Service Company says the average residential customer should expect to pay about $906 from November 1st to March 31st, compared to about $756 for the same period last winter. The company has about 445,000 electric and 712,000 natural gas customers in the northern part of the state.
NIPSCO CEO Eileen O'Neill Odum attributes the rising prices to high demand. Other gas companies are also warning customers of increased heating costs this winter. NIPSCO's projections come a day after Indiana officials said they had $106 million to spend on the state's Energy Assistance Program this winter.