Washington DC Natural Gas Regulations
· All residential Natural Gas customers in the District of Columbia (D.C.) are eligible to participate in a customer choice program through Washington Gas Light Company, the area's sole natural gas local distribution company (LDC).
· Five marketers were licensed to serve residential customers in 2009, although only three were accepting new customers.
· All D.C. small commercial customers (using less than 40,000 therms annually) also have full access to customer Choice. According to the PSC, there were 10 alternative suppliers serving about one-third of all commercial accounts as of December 2009.
· Prevention of Unauthorized Switching of Customer Accounts Natural Gas Accounts Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Bill 14-121). Protects D.C. customers from unauthorized switching of their natural gas accounts, requires customers to give written consent before suppliers can switch accounts and providers, and requires marketers to be licensed by the PSC.
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