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
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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