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Connectiv Opens Gas Pilot Program in Delaware

Connectiv Opens Gas Pilot Program in Delaware

Connectiv Power Delivery, the utility subsidiary of Connectiv, announced its Natural Gas Choice Program for Delaware Tuesday, enabling 15,000 residential and 1,500 small commercial customers to choose their gas supplier as early as July 1. The program will last for two years, at which point it will go under full review to determine if the freedom to choose a supplier should be offered to all of Connectiv's gas customers in Delaware.

"This is the first natural gas pilot program in Delaware and we are very excited," said Ted Caddell, a Connectiv Power Delivery spokesman. Connectiv serves 100,000 gas customers in New Castle, DE. It also serves 1 million electric customers in South New Jersey and the Eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia. Gas will start flowing from the new suppliers to pilot program customers Nov. 1.

Connectiv Power Delivery will continue to deliver the gas, read meters and respond to safety and customer service calls. The LDC has also worked closely with Delaware's Public Service Commission (PSC) to develop a customer education program which will be implemented in May. Connectiv said it will work with the PSC to qualify all the third party suppliers.

Caddell said no marketers have signed up as of Tuesday. Suppliers wishing to obtain information about qualifying to participate in the program should call Charles Driggs, manager, gas operations and planning at (302) 429-3154.

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