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Columbia Gas Files Restructuring Plan in PA

Columbia Gas Files Restructuring Plan in PA

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania filed its restructuring plan with the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission Monday in an effort to expand its supplier choice program statewide. As part of the Natural Gas Choice and Competition Act passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly June 17, each gas utility is required to submit a restructuring plan to the PUC by Nov. 1.

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania's choice program ranks among the top handful in the nation as measured by the level of participation and number of suppliers. More than 70% of the company's 382,000 customers are already able to comparison-shop for their own gas supplier. As of Aug. 1, 110,957, or more than 40% of the 278,689 eligible customers will purchase their gas from an alternative supplier.

Once approved, the Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania restructuring plan will mean several enhancements for the consumer, including Internet enrollment, expanded consumer choice education and more detailed bills for choice customers. The restructuring plan also allows Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania to continue to offer program suppliers capacity choice. This allows suppliers to contract for the capacity on interstate pipelines rather than assigning Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania capacity contracts directly to suppliers.

The Natural Gas Choice and Competition Act will allow all consumers in the state to choose an alternative gas supplier by July 1, 2000, and will make Pennsylvania one of the first states to offer both gas and electric consumers choice on a statewide level.

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