Laclede Gas Customers to See A 13% Drop In Heating Bills

    ST. LOUIS, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Laclede Gas, which serves
 more than 630,000 natural gas customers in St. Louis and surrounding counties
 in Eastern Missouri, today filed an unscheduled Purchased Gas Adjustment with
 the Missouri Public Service Commission to lower customer bills by about 13%.
     This adjustment is made possible by reduced wellhead natural gas prices
 that has occurred since Laclede made its Winter PGA filing on Nov. 2, 2001.
 The wellhead price Laclede must pay to acquire the gas supplies in a
 competitive national market, along with the cost of storing that gas and then
 transporting it from production fields to Laclede's service area, normally
 account for about two-thirds of a residential customer's total natural gas
 bill.
     Assuming Commission approval, effective March 7, 2002, a typical Laclede
 residential customer's gas bill during the March through May period would
 decrease by approximately $26, or 13%. To put this reduction into perspective,
 the general rate increase sought by Laclede last month would raise customers'
 monthly bills only $4.40, or 6.8%.
     Laclede Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Missouri, is
 a member of The Laclede Group (NYSE:   LG).
 
 

SOURCE Laclede Gas Company

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