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Retail Gas Reform: Learning from the Georgia Model

Fortnightly Magazine - April 15 1997

of the total number of residential customers in the U.S. Potential demand is 1,121 Bcf, about 23 percent of 1995 residential consumption.

POTENTIAL # POTENTIAL IN-SERVICE

STATE COMPANY OF HOMES DEMAND (Bcf) DATE PROGRAM NAME

California Pacific Gas & Electric 3,300,000 198 Gas

Accord

Southern California Gas 450,000 27 In Service

Georgia Atlanta Gas Light 1,215,000 138.9

Illinois Central Illinois Light Co. 10,000 1.3 10/96 Therm

Quest

Indiana Northern Indiana Public Service 20,000 2.3

Alternative Regulatory Plan

Iowa MidAmerican Energy 875 .1 Terminated Rock

Valley

Maine Northern Utilities 15,000 .9 11/99

Maryland Columbia Gas 10,000 .9 In Service Columbia

CHOICE

Washington Gas 6,000 .5 11/96 Maryland

Residential Delivery

Service

Pilot Program

Massachusetts Bay State Gas 10,000 1.0 In Service Pioneer

Valley Customer Choice

Boston Gas 475,000 45.6 11/97-2000

Michigan Battle Creek Gas 1,000 .1 4/97 Battle

Creek Option Plus

Consumers Power 40,000 5.4 4/97

Michigan Consolidated Gas 47,000 6.4 4/97

Montana Montana Power 115,000 12.3 By 2001

New Jersey New Jersey Natural Gas 30,000 3.1 By 1999 Natural

Choices

Public Service Electric & Gas 60-65,000 6.4 Select

Gas

South Jersey Gas 2,500 .3 Early 1997

New York Throughout the state 4,040,000 398.7 In Service

Ohio Columbia Gas of Ohio 1,150,000 141.7 4/97 Columbia

CHOICE

East Ohio Gas 1,025,000 126.3 4/98

Pennsylvania Columbia Gas 20,000 2.3 In Service Columbia

CHOICE

Equitable Gas 3,800 .4 11/96 Pleasant

Hills

Wisconsin Wisconsin Gas 1,000 .1 11/96 Gas

Advantage

Wyoming KN Energy 9,000 .9 In Service Choice

Gas Service

TOTAL 12,058,675 1,120.9

*

Source: American Gas Association, Arlington, Va.

1See Robert Crandall & Jerry Ellig, Economic Deregulation and Consumer Choice 9-17 (1997).

2 See General Motors Corp. v. Tracy, 65 U.S.L.W. 4086, 4093 (1997).

3See Richard Pierce, Regulation and Competition in Natural Gas Distribution 42-55 (1990).

4 See Kevin Costello & J. Rodney Lemon, Unbundling the Retail Gas Market: Current Activities and Guidance for Serving Residential and Small Consumers, National Regulatory Research Institute (1996).

5See J. Schuler, "Residential Pilot Programs: Who's Doing, Who's Dealing?" PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY, p. 16 (Jan. 1, 1997); J. Schuler, "A Round Robin of Residential Unbundling," PUBLIC UTILITIES. FORTNIGHTLY, p. 25 (Oct. 15, 1996); "Wyoming: No Choice Without Competition," PUBLIC UTILITIES. FORTNIGHTLY, p. 27 (Oct. 15, 1996).

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