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PA LDCs File Restructuring Plans

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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