By Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is predicting a 5 percent drop in gas bills for customers this winter.

The utility is predicting normal weather conditions this winter, while last winter was colder than normal. The price of natural gas is also slightly lower, at 60 cents per therm down from 62 cents per therm.

The price drop applies only to the section of customersâ¿¿ bills charging for gas used, as opposed to electricity or distribution charges. It also applies only to those who buy their gas from BGE, as opposed to a competitive gas supplier.

BGE customers who heat their homes using electricity can also expect lower bills. BGEâ¿¿s non-summer average electricity price is 8.8 cents per kilowatt hour, down from 10 cents per kilowatt hour last winter.

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