Natural gas is a choice. Your price should be too.
Our purpose is to educate Natural Gas users, whether residential, small business, or commercial, on choice program and simplify the process of comparing prices and enrolling in new services. NaturalGasSuppliers.org provides insight into the natural gas industry so that consumers can make better decisions and lower their utility costs. We offer price comparisons with natural gas companies in 22 states. Since we understand there is more to purchasing gas than price alone we present many of the natural gas programs available through your Utilities participating suppliers.
Deregulation, the lessening of government constraint on businesses, has improved the competitive pricing of natural gas giving consumers more economical options. We are here to guide you to your best money saving Choice.
Whether you’re a residential or small business user, you have a Natural Gas Choice Program. To learn more about rates, programs and suppliers (frequently referred to as marketers) in your state, take a minute to read through our site before making your gas selection.
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With the new regulations on Natural Gas, you the buyer can now select what supplier you want to purchase your gas from. The same great service of your local utility will deliver the gas as in the past but the pricing of your natural gas is now up to you in the areas where the Choice natural gas program is now in effect. You can select your state below to decide on what gas supplier will be best for you. Note the states offering the choice program will appear dark blue.
On May 4, 2011, the House of Representatives passed Substitute House Bill 95 (Sub. HB 95), legislation that could potentially cost customers millions of dollars in higher Natural Gas bills over the years. Although the House Public Utilities Committee improved its content, the bill still makes it easier for natural gas utilities to increase distribution rates.
Sub. HB 95 does not impact customer’s Choice of Natural Gas Suppliers; instead, it affects the distribution portion of customers’ bills. These costs are for the delivery of natural gas through utility pipelines. Distribution costs include replacement and repair of existing infrastructure (pipelines) and other operating costs incurred by the utilities.
Despite changes to the draft legislation that have improved the content of the bill, the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) still opposes the bill and is continuing to work with legislators to produce a more evenly balanced bill that will provide direct benefits to customers, as well as the utilities.
How Sub. HB 95 will impact customers:
- It will expose customers to the possibility of unlimited rate increases.
- It will limit opportunities for the OCC and other stakeholders to advocate for lower rates for customers by removing the requirement for a hearing.
- It will ease the process for natural gas companies to add extra charges (riders) to existing rates with fewer opportunities for advocacy groups to do a full review of the costs they are seeking to recover from customers.
- Utilities could renew existing rate plans beyond the term negotiated in currently valid agreements, and when costs may have been fully recovered and/or may be going down, without filing a rate case.
- It will limit the scope of audits for natural gas companies to an examination of the company’s natural gas purchasing or production policies. Changes that could potentially lower customer rates might not be considered.
Announced February 24th, 2011 both Kokomo Gas & Fuel and Northern Indiana Fuel and Light (NIF&L) will consolidate with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), subject to final approval. The announcement indicates this change will take place over the next few months.
If approved Kokomo Gas and NIFL customers will benefit from NIPSCO services and customer gas programs. Best of all new Indiana NIPSCO customers may be eligible to participate in the Choice program. The choice program gives gas users the option to choose a competitive program and a new natural gas supplier.
Kokomo Gas and NIF&L customers should check back regularly to see the competitive offerings here at naturalgassuppliers.org.
First, Columbia will no longer sell gas directly to most customers. Instead, independent suppliers that won Tuesday's company auction will sell directly to consumers instead of to Columbia. But the price will be uniform.
What this means is that customers who have been buying directly from Columbia will now see a supplier's name on their bills, which may be confusing.
They probably will also receive offers from these companies suggesting they sign a fixed-price contract.
The good news is that the five winners of the Columbia auction had to agree to charge the same price -- 15.3 cents over the commodity price of 100 cubic feet of gas set at the end of each month on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
That's almost 20 percent less than the current 18.8 cents that Columbia's suppliers have been adding to the NYMEX price to supply the utility.
The reduction - approved late Tuesday by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio - begins in April and will be in effect for a year. It means a Northeast Ohio consumer using an average amount of gas will save about $30 a year.
Here's an example. Currently, Columbia's standard service offer is 45.58 cents per 100 cubic feet. The price under Tuesday's auction results would have been 42.08 cents per ccf.
What a consumer pays for gas under this monthly variable rate directly reflects the NYMEX price. And those prices are expected to remain low in the coming year.
One downside to buying gas directly from a supplier is that consumers will now have to pay sales tax that varies by county. Previously, when buying from the utility, consumers paid only a state tax.
Delivery-related charges and a monthly service charge, which are the same no matter who sells you the gas, are extra.