Understanding Natural Gas Rates

At Summit Natural Gas, we understand just how important it is to give our valued customers, the best possible prices. That is why we ensure our prices are stable, giving the families and communities we serve, the peace of mind they need. Unlike oil and propane, which are very likely to have varying prices, our prices are pre-approved by state regulators.

What this means to you…

  • The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates our distribution rates, that is, the cost to transport and distribute natural gas to your home.
  • Summit’s rates include a monthly customer charge, which is also regulated by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, as well as a distribution rate, and the ACTUAL cost of gas usage.
  • The cost of usage is passed on to our customers without any additional markup – so you only pay for what you actually use.
  • No buying in advance, no surprise pricing – just stable prices and quality service you can count on.

CUSTOMER NOTICE: Efficiency Maine Trust Charge

Beginning May 1, you will notice a new charge on your bill. This charge is an assessment for the Efficiency Maine Trust (EMT), and is required by the Public Utilities Commission. This is a passthrough charge – 100% of the funds go to the EMT. The money we collect from it is used to fund the Efficiency Maine Trust, a PUC regulated state agency. The assessment amount was determined by order of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which is a state agency that regulates and sets rates for public utilities like Summit Natural Gas. The assessment amounts to 0.0594 cents per therm. All other natural gas utilities charge this assessment.

We are happy to announce that Summit Natural Gas is reducing its commodity rate on October 1st 2019! This is possible based on our forecast of lower market costs for natural gas. Year after year we make every effort to purchase natural gas at the lowest rates possible. While this reduction is temporary (six months to a year) we are happy to pass the savings on to you!

Approved by the Maine Public Utilities Commission

The following Standard Distribution Rates apply to the municipalities of Richmond, Gardiner, Farmingdale, Hallowell, Augusta, Sidney, Belgrade, Oakland, Fairfield, Waterville, Skowhegan, Norridgewock, Madison, China, Albion, Windsor, Winslow, Randolph, Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth. If Summit receives requests for service, or otherwise intends to provide service, outside of these municipalities, Summit may: (1) file a proposal with the MPUC for rates that would apply to that service or (2) provide service pursuant to the rates and terms below. SNG Maine has no obligation to provide service pursuant to the rates and terms of its Rate Plan to any customer outside of the municipalities listed in this paragraph. These rates are subject to annual adjustment, in accordance with the company’s MPUC-approved Rate Plan.

Summit’s current Standard Distribution Rates are as follows:

Residential $0.911 $0.899 Therms $21.44
Small Commercial (consumption less than 1500 Dth) $0.804 $0.899 Therms $35.36
Large Commercial (consumption of 1500 Dth or more) $0.590 $0.899 Therms 305.44
Firm Transportation Rate to be determined by Special Rate Agreement
Interruptible Transportation Rate to be determined by Special Rate Agreement