Washington Gas Expands Choice Program
The customer choice program in Washington D.C. has opened to
include all District residents and more large and small commercial
customers Washington Gas announced Friday. The Public Service
Commission of the District of Columbia recently expanded the
residential program, lowered the requirements to qualify for the
large commercial program, and approved Washington Gas' small
The commission approved Washington Gas' request to open the
residential program in late April. With this announcement,
Washington Gas expanded the program tenfold from 13,000 residential
participants to 130,000. "Recent decisions by the Public Service
Commission of the District of Columbia have opened the door for the
vast majority of our customers to select their natural gas
suppliers,'' said Joe Schepis, Washington Gas COO.
The small commercial program applies to any business using less
than 4,000 Dth/year. The enrollment period for the small commercial
program is scheduled for Aug. 1 through Oct. 1. Enrollment is on a
first-come, first-served basis until specified limits of the
program are reached. Service would Nov. 1.
Concerning the large commercial program, the LDC lowered the
requirements to qualify for participation from 6,000 Dth/year to
In all of these programs, customers may choose to purchase
natural gas from any participating natural gas supplier. For the
two previous programs, a total of 10 marketers were available. The
decision by the District's commission to open the residential
program to all customers was made, in part, to attract more natural
gas suppliers. More suppliers will create greater competition,
which, in turn, should lead to more competitive prices and expanded
services for customers.
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