Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Friday that it anticipates its natural gas prices for residential customers will be slightly higher this winter than they were last year — about $2 more over the entire five-month heating season if temperatures are normal.

BGE said it estimates that residential customers will pay about 57 cents per therm from November through March, compared with 56 cents per therm last winter. Consumers can buy their natural gas from third-party suppliers if they prefer to shop around for a better price.

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