PA LDCs File Restructuring Plans
Three Pennsylvania LDCs filed restructuring plans with the
Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) last week to expand
supplier choice within the state. Filing plans were Columbia Gas of
Pennsylvania, Peoples Natural Gas and PG Energy, a subsidiary of
Pennsylvania Enterprises Inc. 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.
The 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.
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania's existing choice program ranks
among the best in the nation for 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 buy gas from an alternative supplier.
PG Energy, with nearly 150,000 residential and commercial
customers, is the only company serving areas in central and
northeastern Pennsylvania to file a plan. "Most of our customers
never before had the opportunity to shop for a natural gas
supplier," said PG Energy CEO Thomas F. Karam. "The ability to shop
for both electricity and natural gas supply empowers our customers
to select options that best suit their needs."
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