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Washington Gas Expands Choice Program

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 commercial program.

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 4,000 Dth/year.

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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