Understanding Your Rates and Charges

Understanding Your Rates and Charges

Whether you're going through your household bills or planning the annual budget for your business, you want to know what you're paying for and understand what you're being charged.

Typical residential and business bills include the following items:

  • Customer Charge – This fixed monthly amount covers the cost of providing service to your location. These charges are billed monthly regardless if any service is used.

  • Distribution Charge – This charge covers the costs of moving gas from its source to your premise, other than the cost of gas itself. It is calculated based on your usage.

  • PGA Charge – The Purchased Gas Adjustment is the cost of gas purchased for you by Peoples Gas and delivered to your premises.

  • Swing Charge – This charge covers the costs that are incurred by Peoples Gas to balance the difference between a customer's actual daily usage and the gas delivered by your third-party gas supplier.

  • Florida Gross Receipts Tax – A tax is imposed on gross receipts from utility services that are delivered to retail customers in Florida, in accordance with Chapter 203 of the Florida Statutes. The tax is levied on utility companies, which collect the tax from all customers, unless exempt, and remit to the state.

  • Franchise Fee – This fee is levied by a municipality for the right to utilize public property for the purpose of providing natural gas service. Like taxes, the fee is collected by Peoples Gas and is paid to the municipality.

Looking at your monthly billing statement and wondering what will go up when the proposed rates go into effect near the beginning of 2021? The Customer Charge and the Distribution Charge will increase, as well as some of our service charges. View these tables to see how the proposed residential PDF Icon and business PDF Icon rates and service charges PDF Icon compare with what you pay today.

The rate request we filed with the Public Service Commission is associated with the cost to deliver natural gas from its source to serve you, including the construction, operations and maintenance of the Peoples Gas system. This is not an increase to the price of natural gas, which has continued to be stable.

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