More than 250 commercial gas customers in the District ofColumbia will soon have the opportunity to choose a gas supplierother than Washington Gas. The District of Columbia Public ServiceCommission (PSC) approved the company’s request to offer choice inthe District to large commercial customers who use at least 60,000therms/year and who do not maintain an alternate to gas service.(60,000 therms is about 60 times what the average residentialheating customer uses annually.) Large interruptible customers whouse more than 250,000 therms annually have had supplier choicesince 1988.
Under the guidelines of the DC program, eligible customers mayvoluntarily buy gas from a third-party. Service may begin any timeafter April 1. Washington Gas will provide customers with a list ofcredit-qualified gas suppliers. The minimum enrollment period isone year. Washington Gas will continue meter reading,safety-related services, and gas delivery. Washington Gas hasrequests pending with the PSC to offer choice to residential, smallcommercial and the remaining segment of large commercial customerswith alternate fuel capability.
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