PGW allows more customers to choose their natural gas supplier

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17, 2002 — More of Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) customers will have the right to choose a different natural gas supplier, the utility reported Tuesday.

Philadelphia Gas Works in 1989 first implemented a Gas Transportation Rate.

This September, PGW started the Gas Choice Pilot Program which allows a select group of up to 100 commercial and industrial customers to choose a natural gas supplier other than PGW.

Under the Natural Gas Choice Act of 1999, all of PGW’s 520,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers will be able to choose their natural gas supplier in September of 2003. However, PGW will remain the sole distributor of natural gas in Philadelphia.

Over 100 commercial and industrial customers have signed up to participate in the Pilot Program to date. Applications are being processed on a first- come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate the Gas Choice Pilot Program, PGW has installed new technology including an electronic bulletin board accessible over the Internet and state-of-the-art software that will account for gas supply nominations, pipeline confirmations of gas supply and Pilot Customer gas usage.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has updated licenses of three suppliers to compete within the PGW service territory. The suppliers are Sprague Energy Corp., TXU Energy Retail Company, L.P., and UGI Energy Services, Inc. Each is also currently qualified by PGW to participate in the Pilot Program. An additional four suppliers are currently completing the necessary steps to participate as well. Commercial and industrial customers who have further questions about the Gas Pilot Program should contact PGW at 215-684-6671.

Founded in 1836, PGW is the nation’s largest municipally owned natural gas utility, serving a half million residential, commercial, and industrial customers, and Philadelphia’s choice for quality energy solutions.

Source: Philadelphia Gas Works

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