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Fortnightly Magazine - May 1 1998

competitive retail segment for gas supply procurement cannot work without RCS unbundling, despite the safety concerns voiced by many parties if private companies manage gas hookups: "That a competitive market can offer not only procurement, but a wide variety of billing options, data management, meter reading technologies, and meter services, misses the point. The competitive market must first be able to offer these services if it is to exist at all. RCS unbundling is essential for retailers to offer customer interface services and create and maintain a market presence."

One group, SPURR (School Project for Utility Rate Reduction) sees that idea as essential: "[T]he same mechanisms that make service economically viable to the current utility need to be made available to the market."

In that case, says SPURR, "There is no such thing as a customer group that is unattractive."


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