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Advancing Utah's Energy Future

As cold weather arrives, Utahns enjoy low heating costs

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Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — With November poised to bring a dramatic shift to Utah’s weather with cold and wet conditions, residents can bask in the fact that natural gas prices are at the lowest point in more than a decade and home heating costs will be cheaper this winter.

Utah, more than any other state, is on board to take advantage of the inexpensive source of home heating fuel because it ranks tops in the country for the percentage of homes heated by natural gas — at 84.4 percent.

The state is followed by Illinois at 78.5 percent, Michigan at 76.5 percent, New Jersey with 74.1 percent and Colorado at 70.3 percent, according to numbers released by the Energy Information Administration, a reasearch and statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Across the board, you are going to see price declines for every major source of home heating fuel,” said Brydon Ross, vice president of state affairs for the Consumer Energy Alliance. “This should be really good news for consumers, and the (Energy Information Administration) is pretty conservative in their estimates.” (…)

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