Sun., 5:55pm: Dominion announces choice rate for September

WARREN — September rates for Dominion East Ohio’s Standard Choice Offer / Standard Service Offer customers will increase about 3.5 percent over rates from August, the utility provider announced.

Effective Sept. 11, new rates will be $4.387 per thousand cubic feet (mcf), or about 15 cents higher than the August rate of $4.24 per mcf.

The rates apply to choice-eligible customers who do not purchase natural gas from an Energy Choice supplier or participate in a governmental aggregation program. All Standard Choice Offer customers pay the same rate for natural gas, no matter which supplier is assigned to them. Rates change monthly, based on national natural gas market prices.

August rates are 22 cents, or 5.3 percent, higher than the rates a year ago at this time. September 2013 rates were $4.167 per mcf.

The average standard choice offer / standard service offer residential customer’s bill for August is expected to be $37.10, up $2.85, from the September 2013 average of $34.25.