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Natural Gas Residential Choice Programs


EIA Updates Website on Residential Natural Gas Competition

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has updated its web site on the status of natural gas residential choice programs in each State as of December 2009.  Enrollment in "customer choice" programs increased in 2009 for the fourth year in a row, although the number of States offering choice remained the same.  As of December 2009, 21 states and the District of Columbia have legislation or programs in place that allow residential consumers and other small-volume gas users to purchase natural gas from someone other than their traditional utility company. Total enrollment in "customer choice" programs reached a new high in 2009, increasing 9 percent over the level in 2008.

Status of Natural Gas Residential Choice Programs
by State as of December 2009
(Click on a State or its abbreviation for more information about that State. )
See U.S. Summary for 2009 Highlights Status of Natural Gas Residential Choice Programs by State. If  you need assistance viewing this page, please call (202) 586-8800.Residential Natural Gas Restructuring Status States Statewide unbundling - 100 percent eligibility: Active DC, NJ, NY, PA Statewide unbundling - 100 percent eligibility: Inactive/Limited programs CA, MA, NM, WV Statewide unbundling - implementation phase: > 50 percent eligibility GA, IL, MD, MI, OH, VA Pilot programs/partial unbundling CO, FL, IN, KY, MT, NE, SD, WY No unbundling AK, AL, AR, AZ, CT, HI, IA, ID, KS, LA, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NH, NV, OK, OR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT WA Pilot program discontinued DE, WI U.S. Summary

Marketer List Marketer Summary Table This site provides an overview of the status of natural gas industry restructuring in each State, focusing on the residential customer class. Retail unbundling, or restructuring, is the division of those services required to supply natural gas to consumers into various components that can then be separately purchased. With complete unbundling, consumers can choose their own gas supplier and the local distribution company continues to provide local transportation and distribution services. The various unbundling programs are often called "customer choice" programs. For simplification purposes, the term marketer is generally used on this site to refer to a variety of competitive retail residential natural gas suppliers.

The site also includes the Energy Information Administration's most recent (2008) annual price and consumption data for the residential and commercial sectors in each State. When possible, these data are compared with information obtained from the State public utility commissions or local distribution companies to provide information on the level of participation in the customer choice programs. Details of regulatory and legislative actions are also included for many States.

Source: Energy Information Administration.

Ms. Barbara Mariner-Volpe
Phone: (202) 586-5878

Other Resources:

Average Price of Natural Gas Delivered to Residential and Commercial Sector Consumers by Local Distribution and Marketers in Selected States, 2007-2008
This table, from EIA's Natural Gas Annual 2008, compares residential and commercial prices paid by customers of natural gas marketers with those of local distribution companies in FL, GA, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA and VA in 2007 and 2008.

National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA)

Natural Gas Marketer Prices and Sales To Residential and Commercial Customers: 2002-2005
This report compares residential and commercial prices collected from natural gas marketers and local distribution companies in MD, NY, OH and PA from 2002-2005 and gives the history and status of natural gas choice programs in those States.

State Public Utility Commission Web Sites
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