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Natural gas costs up slightly this winter

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) -

Kentucky utility regulators say natural gas costs at the start of the heating season will be slightly higher than last year.

The state Public Service Commission says Kentucky customers, on average, can expect to pay about 4.58 percent more this November than a year ago, based on consumption of 10,000 cubic feet of natural gas.

It says the average total bill for 10,000 cubic feet - including base rates - is projected to be about $106.48. That's down more than $44 since November 2008, a drop of 29 percent. The lower cost of natural gas has more than offset increases in base rates over that time.

PSC Chairman David Armstrong says weather, not price, is the dominant factor in determining the amount of energy consumers use to heat their homes.

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