INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two of Indiana's largest natural gas utilities are projecting heating bills won't be any higher this winter.

NIPSCO says if winter temperatures are normal, its customers should see an 8 percent decrease in their overall home heating bills from a year ago. Vectren says bills should be similar to last winter's, assuming normal weather.

NIPSCO says its average residential customer could expect to pay approximately $461 this winter, down from $499 last year. It has more than 786,000 natural gas customers across the northern third of Indiana.

Vectren says abundant U.S. supplies have led to natural gas costs gas costs remaining at 2001 levels. It says gas costs represent about two-thirds of winter bills.

Vectren has about 570,000 natural gas customers across the state served by its northern division.