The Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has modified its natural gas transportation guidelines to allow "human needs customers" the opportunity to select alternative suppliers of backup commodity supplies. The PUC found the change had sufficient merit to enact without experimental testing and that quick authorization was necessary to develop operational details and the necessary arrangements between customers and suppliers prior to the next heating season. Late last year, the PUC had approved a series of modifications to its gas transportation rules after investigating industry changes under FERC Order 636, including an experimental proposal on the backup options for human needs customers. The revisions were needed to give customers a clearer understanding of service rights and curtailment procedures under the restructuring. Re FERC Order 636 and Related Matters, Case Nos. 93-1636; 85-800-GA-COI, Mar. 29, 1995 (Ohio P.U.C.).
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