Natural gas customers in central Indiana will pay $30 to $50 more than a year ago when they receive their January gas bills because of the unusually cold weather.
Citizens Energy expects bills to be about $178 for its average customer, which is up from about $132 in January 2013, the Indianapolis utility said Thursday.
Customers of Evansville-based gas utility Vectren Corp., which covers most of central Indiana outside of Marion County, will pay an average of $160, up from $130 last year.
Temperatures this January have been 18-percent colder than normal, driving up demand.
January 2013 was warmer than average, Vectren noted in a statement.
Prices for natural gas spiked in recent weeks as demand rose amid frigid weather.
Monday’s spot price was $5.66 per million Btu, up from $3.25 a year ago, according to the most recent data available.
Representatives from central Indiana’s main electricity providers, Duke Energy Indiana and Indianapolis Power & Light Co., did not have consumption figures immediately available Thursday.