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Updated December 15, 2009, 10:01 pm

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Natural Gas Charges

Consumers Energy’s typical residential customer uses about 93 thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas each year. About 80 percent of that gas is used for heating. Individual bills will vary depending on the weather and energy use habits.

How natural gas gets to your home 
Natural gas operations statistics

Typically there are three charges for natural gas on a Consumers Energy residential customer bill.

  • Gas Cost Recovery covers the cost of the natural gas per Mcf.  This charge (see table below) may change each month to reflect market conditions. Under state law, Consumers Energy can't make any profit on the natural gas, so it charges customers only what it pays for the gas.  The utility buys most of the gas customers will need in the upcoming winter during the summer when prices are generally lower and stores it in underground storage fields.
  • Distribution Charge includes recovery of operations and maintenance expenses (i.e. maintaining pipelines, new pipelines, storage well reliability, etc.). The monthly charge, which varies by rate class, is about $2.50 per Mcf for most residential customers.
  • Customer Charge includes recovery of customer-related activities (i.e. meter costs, customer accounting, customer billing, etc.).  The fixed charge is $11.75 per month.

The following is an 18-month review of the Gas Cost Recovery charges, including our current month price per Mcf.




Price per Mcf
Gas Cost Recovery

June 2016 $2.7941
May 2016 $2.7160
April 2016 $2.5351
March 2016 $3.2358
February 2016 $3.1981
January 2016 $3.1645
December 2015 $3.1777
November 2015 $3.2415
October 2015 $3.3134
September 2015 $3.3645
August 2015 $3.3375
July 2015 $3.2810
June 2015 $3.3863
May 2015 $3.2972
April 2015 $3.4661
March 2015 $4.8867
February 2015 $5.0044
January 2015 $5.0723
December 2014 $5.1767
November 2014 $5.1753
October 2014 $5.1413
September 2014 $5.1605