Alliant Energy: Customers see drop in winter heating bills

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Average residential customer’s natural gas bill down 20% compared to ’08-’09 winter

MADISON, WI – April 15, 2010 – Lower natural gas prices and some warmer weather across central and southern Wisconsin translated into a 20 percent savings for Alliant Energy subsidiary Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL) natural gas customers for the recently completed winter heating season.

WPL considers the winter heating season to run from October 1 – March 31. According to the company’s monthly Natural Gas Update, the average WPL residential natural gas customer saw a savings of nearly $170 this winter heating season when compared to the 2008-2009 winter heating season.

After near record prices in 2008, natural gas prices plummeted into 2009, before rebounding slightly. The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) is currently predicting natural gas prices to remain below their five-year average for the remainder of 2010.

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