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Ameren Illinois predicts lower natural gas bills this winter

COLLINSVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

Ameren Illinois says its customers can expect natural gas prices lower than the national average during the upcoming 2014-15 heating season.

“We are fully prepared for the winter season and expect stable prices for Ameren Illinois customers," said Ameren Illinois Gas Supply Director Ken Dothage.

Ameren says last winter it was 15% colder than normal. Ameren Illinois customers paid an average of $0.54 per therm. Ameren Illinois anticipates 2014-15 heating-season average prices to remain low in a range of $0.53-$0.55 per therm.

“We buy a significant amount of natural gas in the summer months when prices are typically lower and store it for use by our customers in the winter. Those savings are passed on to our customers,” said Dothage. “While the amount a customer pays will depend on winter temperatures and the actual amount of energy a customer uses, we have taken steps to insulate them from price volatility on the supply side.”

If temperatures return to normal in the 2014-15 heating season, most customers should see lower overall bills as compared to last year.

Dothage stressed that Ameren Illinois has adequate natural gas supplies to meet customer needs during the upcoming heating season.

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